An interesting issue keeps cropping up with family, and I'm not sure how to address it.
As you would guess from my membership here, I am a fan of etiquette. I was raised in a family that enjoys and encourages it. Some friends mock me for my "old fashioned" ways, but they accept my quirks.
One such quirk is about verbal invitations. To me, an invitation would flow as follows: "Hey, your favourite team is playing football tomorrow at 2pm. You should come by and watch!" Unfortunately, many people in my social circle consider the following to count as an invite:"The Browns play tomorrow at 2pm". My partner, The Hawk, feels the same way. I just cannot bring myself to go to someone's home without an express invitation. It bothers me on a level that I can't really explain.
We've run into situations a few times, where The Hawk's brother has stated that there will be football the following day. We acknowledge that there is a game, and continue the conversation. The Hawk's brother then wonders why we did not accept his invite.
I realize asking someone to change their behavior for me isn't really fair, but in a case like this, would we have any grounds to ask that invitations be worded as actual invitations, and not just statements?