Miss Proper has been most shocked and offended by what passes as conversation these days. She used to live under the evident delusion that conversation was invented for pleasantries and communication, not for the purpose of tearing others down. She has found herself most mistaken.
In the olden days - ones that Miss Proper would have found herself better adapted too - conversation followed time honored lines, and it was considered most indiscreet and impolite to discuss, at least without mutual consent (known as gossip to the lower class):
Other people's divorces
How annoying the other person was at the party last night.
The obvious fact that the other person's hairstyle is far from flattering.
Pekingese dogs ( This assumes that the other person is uninterested in them - if they are, that is another story.)
Evidently Miss Proper is old-school, but Miss Proper is far from sure she cares. She finds that keeping to such rules of etiquette prevent such occurrences as this dreadful one that occurred to her the other day.
Miss Proper was having a pleasant discussion with an older lady of her acquaintance when the subject of conversation turned to doctors. After listening to the other women volubly go into the whys and wherefores that doctors were inherently evil, she politely inserted the comment that her father was a doctor, only to find it made no effect on her friend. Impertinence! Miss Proper was shocked beyond words.
It is in hopes of preventing such atrocities that Miss Proper writes.
Conversation, as such, should run on such lines as are 'invigoration, stimulating, but not offensive." That means no politics, in short. One may have a discussion of such things, one may not have a conversation of such things. Miss Proper is indignant that the difference is so hard to see.
One may discuss:
How cute so-and-so's baby was day-before-yesterday
One's plans for the next day
What one plans to do the next day, or the day after for that matter.
Miss Proper will not bore her readers with (hopefully) unnecessary details - she feels she does quite enough of that as is.
In short, since Miss Proper is going to insist that proper conversation is resumed, as what passes for conversation now is rude and degrading and shall not long be tolerated.
Good day to you! (And you are not allowed to discuss politics. Ever. Miss Proper forgot to mention that.)
(Miss Proper is a regular manners column put out by the main author. She welcomes all questions of etiquette and manners and would appreciate any questions being sent to her, as her stock is low. That is all. )