Etiquette, Part V: Table Manners DO Matter

Eating is something we all have in common, but table manners aren’t as common. I don’t believe that people strike out to be rude or uncouth, but it’s becoming more and more rare to learn table manners. It’s actually a fairly simple practice, as well. This post is going to focus on basic table manners that we all use every day.

While the previous posts have had a fair amount of info per point, these are to-the-point.

-Cut your your food one piece at a time (cut, eat, cut, eat, cut, eat, etc.)

-Chew with your mouth closed.

-Do not pick your teeth at the table. If you must, excuse yourself to the washroom.

-Do not reach across anyone’s plate; ask to be passed the item.

-Your beverage should be to the right of your plate (bread on the left).

– Do not place your elbows on the table while eating (though acceptable inbetween courses).

-Do not stab your food with your fork.

-And the classic tip- start on the outside of your utensils and work your way in.

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Things to Remember When Eating Out

-If you need to remove something from your mouth, it leaves the same way it enters. If you used a fork to eat, use a fork to take it out. NEVER SPIT IT OUT INTO A NAPKIN.

-When you are finished eating, place your utensils with both handles at 4 o’clock.

-Do not push your plate away when you are finished, it is considered rude.

-If you drop a utensil, ask a waiter immediately to bring you a replacement (they will pick up the dropped utensil, not you).

-If a waiter tries to remove your plate before you are finished, feel free to simply say “I’m not finished yet!”.

-And for those that have a formal, plated dinner, here is your map:

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Emily Post is the source, as usual!

What are your pet peeves for table manners? Are there points you think should be on the basic list?

Until tomorrow,
The Historian!

 

2 thoughts on “Etiquette, Part V: Table Manners DO Matter

  1. Ina February 29, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    Burping! So gross

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    • anhistorianabouttown March 1, 2016 / 7:54 am

      *shudders* Why does this still happen?? I understand that in other cultures it is not verboten (and can be a sign of respect). In Western culture, it is, and that is common knowledge 😦

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