DEAR MISS MANNERS: I was invited to a friend’s home for lunch with a group of other women. While we were all seated and enjoying the lovely lunch provided by our hostess, one of the women sitting by me began interrogating me about my health her.
She asked me very intrusive questions in a rude, loud, belligerent voice that could be heard throughout the house.
The other women at the table were all watching us and could hear the entire conversation. I am a very private person who doesn’t like to make my health concerns public knowledge, and I am unhappy about having my privacy violated.
I have since thought that I should have stopped her by saying, “Is there some reason that you feel the need to know?” Or “If you would like to discuss my health, would you mind doing so in private?”