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February 15, 2006

Valentine's Day update

Miss Manners weighs in on the subject of flirting and dating, but nothing beats the question itself (second question):

Dear Miss Manners:

I have been dating my boyfriend for four months and it came up this week that he still does not know my name. I do not know what to do about this because he has heard my name so many times, both my English name and my Italian name. I also write it on everything I have given to him, yet he still calls me by the wrong name.

He will blame it on his disabilities, yet he knows all of his co-workers first and last names, even the most recent workers. He tells me he has all of these feelings for me and really cares about me but I feel, "You can give the world to someone, but if you don't know who you are giving it to, it's just not worth it."
I hope I'm not spoiling your fun by reporting that Miss Manners, in the understatement of the year, tells the writer that "a gentleman's inability to learn the name of a lady he has been courting for four months is not a good sign." What I want to know is what kind of woman would finish a second date with this guy.