2144. Courtesy quandary
© Bruce Goodman 2 June 2021
Anton and Anthea had this thing going ever since they were married. Anton always said “Anthea and Anton…” and Anthea always put the names in that order as well.
“You should put the other person first,” said Anton, “and not put yourself first. You should say ‘Anton and Anthea’ and I should say ‘Anthea and Anton’.”
It always inevitably led to an argument. Anthea thought it only proper that the wife’s name should come first. “It’s like a man stepping aside and opening a door for the woman,” she said.
“That’s sexist,” said Anton. “These days courtesy would demand that the man steps aside for the woman and the woman steps aside for the man. Whoever gets to the door first.”
“What nonsense,” declared Anthea. “It has been the custom for thousands of years that the woman comes first. It’s Anthea and Anton and that’s definite.”
Anyway, these days it doesn’t matter; it’s Anthea and Zachary, and Anton and Priscilla.
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