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How ill-mannered are you?

After I did a bit of research on etiquette, I was shocked to learn that my family is made up of a bunch of ill-mannered heathens. And, if I were to be perfectly honest, I’d have to say that I’m in violation myself and therefore, not a candidate of the Emily Post Manner Award.
How does your family measure up?
The Rules of Etiquette
One should …
* arrive at least 10 minutes early unless otherwise specified. (Whatever happened to fashionably late?)
* pass food from the left to right. (So if someone is on my left, should I pass it around the table?)
* pass both the salt and pepper together, even if only asked for one of them.
* place food item directly in front of the person asking for it, rather than handing it to them (hand-to-hand). (No tossing the roll across the table and saying ‘head’s up’)
* never even think to grab a roll out of the breadbasket as it’s being passed to someone else. (Are you kidding? I’d never get a piece. It’s every man for himself here.)
* serve food from the left; remove from the right.
* put the butter or spread on your plate before you spread it on your food. In other words, do not take butter and directly spread it on the bread.
* scoop the food away from you. (I do that with soup, but I didn’t know you’re supposed to do that with all food!)
* taste your food before seasoning it.
* never blow on your food to cool it. If it’s hot, you just wait for it to cool.
* keep elbows off the table. Keep your left hand in your lap unless you are using it.
* not talk with your mouth full. Chew with your mouth closed.
* cut only enough food for the next mouthful. Eat in small bites and slowly.
* not blow your nose at the dinner table. Excuse yourself to visit the restroom. (What if I have a cold? I might spend the evening in the restroom.)
* wash hands before returning to the dining room.
* cover your mouth if you cough with your napkin to stop the spread of germs and muffle the noise.
* not use a toothpick or apply makeup at the table. (Even we’re not so uncouth as to apply make up at the dinner table, especially the boys.)
* stand when a woman leaves the table or returns to sit (For the men). (As if!)
Emily Post ” . . . . manner is personality–the outward manifestation of one’s innate character and attitude toward life.”
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  • Dawn

    These manners seem to be rules that take the joy out of dinner! It is like dinner party jail! Some do make sense – such as taste before seasoning -duh! You have to be an idiot if you shake before you taste! I think much of these are rather archaic and I would hate to be invited to a place where I was expected to comply with all of these rules! I would rather skip dinner than not enjoy the engagement by worrying about all the rules and watching everyone else attempt to enjoy themselves while following the rules. Life is too short not to enjoy the camaraderie of friends and family at a gathering. In a hundred years who is going to remember that Aunt Ethel passed the rolls to the right? But we will remember the joy of watching Uncle Harry chase down the dog who caught the roll that he threw across the room to Aunt Ethel!

  • Your Name

    I ONLY FOLLOW SOME RULES BUT NOT ALL OF THE MENTIONED ABOVE.IT ALL
    DEPENDS WHO YOU ARE EATING WITH ON THE TABLE,BUT I AGREE ABOUT THOSE
    NOT PUTTING MAKE UPS OR RETOUCHES IN FRONT OF THE PEOPLE ON THE DINING TABLE,BETTER GO TO THE BATHROOM WHEN HAVING SEVERE COLDS AND COUGH OR DO NOT JOIN IN THE TABLE AT ALL IF VERY,VERY SICK SINCE
    YOU WILL SPREAD VIRUS AND MAKE THE JOY OF EATING LESS ENJOYABLE BECAUSE YOU ANNOY EVERYONE.I CAN EASILY LEARN AND APPLY TABLE MANNERS
    AS LONG AS I KNOW THE KINDS OF PEOPLE I AM WITH SO THAT I DON’T APPEAR
    IGNORANT AND BARBARIC.THANK YOU VALERIE,AS THE OLD SAYING GOES,WHEN
    YOU’RE IN ROME,DO AS THE ROMANS DO.CIAO.

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