The Matters w/ Matt: Those Words Are Worthy of A Duel

Every Wednesday: I never fail to be disgusted with advice columns. I am unsure why they still get paid to do what they do. As always, I am in awe when it comes to awful examples like Dear Abby and Dear Prudence. The columnists seem to get rewarded for giving you bad advice. I think that people get terrible advice from them. I don’t blame anyone that calls advice column responses garbage. I use my postings to correct these responses and help society by being an utmost asshole, (as always, a hat tip to Aaron Clarey at Asshole Consulting).

Consider this piece from Miss Manners column (courtesy of ArcaMax) from June 9, 2021:

(Dear Matters):

Several years ago, dining alone in an otherwise empty restaurant, two gentlemen were seated at the table next to mine. One man asked the other if he knew where the restroom was. He didn’t.

They both looked around for the waiter, who had disappeared. I turned to them and said something to the effect of, Excuse me — the restroom is past that door.

The man who had asked about the restroom snippily replied, Thank you for letting me know, but no thank you for eavesdropping.

Our tables were side by side. I would have had to be deaf not to hear them. Was I wrong to have said anything?—- GR

(Dear GR):

We are living in both tremendous and tragic times. These times are tremendous in that we have found new inventions to help keep us in touch with people we had generally would lose out of our lives. But it is tragic in that we are slowly losing the ability to communicate as we have had in the past.

In the past, helping a stranger was an easy way to find a potential business connection, love of your life, or even a way to represent what you want in the world. Instead of what we had then, we find ourselves faced with blank stares and snotty remarks.

The response that you received was delivered by someone hiding behind everyone else’s apparent passivity. The vast majority of men who considered themselves a form of “proto gentleman” would not behave in such a manner. A person who would act like that person did would risk being cut off from potential resource access and being labeled something unsatisfactory that could follow him through out their life. In this modern existence, this person could just get their asses kicked or get an earful.

You were not wrong for being decent. This person was a snotty asshole. The vast majority of people I know would have told this guy off. (Some of the most polite people I know of are the kind of people who would have made this guy regret saying this).

Do not let one shitbird ruin what good is left in society. Thank you for caring.


I don’t imagine that I will have a shortage of emails to answer. I would love to start doing this for anyone that sends me an email. If this is you; email us at

If you hate advice columns; I don’t blame you. If it isn’t soft people giving advice; it is someone trying to justify acting like an insensitive asshole. Till next week.

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