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Table manners

Table manners are the etiquette used when eating. This includes the appropriate use of utensils. Different cultures have different standards for table manners. Many table manners evolved out of practicality. For example, it is generally impolite to put elbows on tables since doing so creates a risk of tipping over bowls and cups. Within different families or groups, there may be less rigorous enforcement of some traditional table manners of their culture while still maintaining others. For example, some families ignore elbows on the table or mixing of foods.

Afghan table manners

  • Guests are always seated farthest from the door; when there are no guests the grandparents are seated farthest away from the door.
  • Depending on the customs of the household a prayer may be offered before and/or after the meal.
  • Guests are offered food first and expected to eat the most, while the hosts eat last and the least.
  • Guests should refrain from eating too much, unless the hosts coaxes them to eat more. The host should always ask at least three times if the guest wants more food. The guest should say no at least three times to the host. In certain situations the host can put food on the guest's plate by force.
  • Guests are always given the best portions of the food.
  • Traditionally food should be eaten with bare hands; However, cutlery is sometimes provided. Only use your right hand when eating with your hands. There are proper ways of picking up rice and other loose food without spilling any, which one should learn and practice. Wasting food is frowned upon. When cutlery is provided it is usually a spoon and fork since there is seldom need for the use of a knife when eating Afghani food. Even when cutlery is provided it is acceptable to eat with your hands interchangeably.
  • Soup is eaten by soaking bread in it.
  • Food remnants should be collected with slices of bread.
  • Sometimes it is common to eat collectively from one plate. One should always eat from one's own side.
  • If eating on a table and bread is dropped on the floor the bread should picked up and kissed and put to one's forehead before putting back somewhere other than the floor. If eating on the floor make sure that your feet do not touch the food.
  • Compliments to the chef are customary; however, compliments should be acknowledged with extreme modesty.
  • Traditionally, service during dinner is performed by the youngest. First, water is brought in a jug with a saucer to wash the hands. The food is then served. This may be followed by fruit and then tea.
  • Tea is served after dinner, with dried fruits, sweets, and sugar cubes. When tea is served, the cup of a guest must never be empty, and snacks must be offered. Once the guest has finished drinking tea, the guest can flip their tea cup over to signal that they are done.
  • Eating or talking with one's mouth full is looked down upon.
  • Even if one is starving one should refrain from being over zealous at the table.
  • Passing gas (flatulence) is not tolerated.
  • One must never sit with one's back to anyone, especially an elder or a guest. One must never sit with feet stretched out toward anyone, especially an elder or a guest.
  • One must always be polite and gracious to the host. Remember if the host is poor and had only one chicken which the family used for eggs that chicken would be sacrificed for the guest.
  • After eating, the jug of water is brought out again to wash hands. A towel may be provided.

American table manners

See also, Etiquette in Canada and the United States

Table Setting

  • Bread or salad plates are to the left of the main plate, beverage glasses are to the right. If small bread knives are present, lay them across the bread plate with the handle pointing to the right.
  • Modern etiquette provides the smallest numbers and types of utensils necessary for dining. Only utensils which are to be used for the planned meal should be set. For example, if a spoon is not necessary for dinner, it should not be set, and if a salad is not being served, a salad fork should not be set. Even if needed, hosts should not have more than three utensils on either side of the plate before a meal; the necessary silverware may be brought with later courses. In restaurants, a standard complement of knife, fork, spoon, and salad fork may be set.
  • If salad is being served first, the salad fork should be further from the main course fork, both on the left. The soup spoon is further from the plate than the main course spoon and knife, on the right. Dessert utensils (dessert fork and teaspoon) should be placed above the main plate or served with dessert. Restaurants and banquet halls may not follow these settings for convenience, and the diner should simply use the appropriate utensils needed for each course.
  • If a wine glass and a water glass are present, the wine glass is on the right directly above the knife. The water glass is at a 45 degree angle to the wine glass to the left and toward the edge of the table.
  • Glasses designed for certain types of wine may be set if available. If only one type of glass is available, it is considered correct regardless of the type of beverage provided.
  • Salt and pepper are always placed together and passed together even if someone only asks for one or the other.

General Behavior

  • Chew with your mouth closed.
  • Do not talk with food in your mouth.
  • Do not talk at an excessively loud volume.
  • Refrain from coughing, sneezing or blowing nose at the table.
  • Never tilt back your chair while at the table. Sit in a relaxed and comfortable position, but do not "slouch."
  • Do not "play with" your food, or with your table utensils.
  • Do not make loud or unusual noises while eating.
  • It is generally acceptable to rest your forearms on the table, though you should take care to never rest your elbows on the table.
  • Say "Excuse me," or "Excuse me. I'll be right back," before leaving the table. Do not state that you are going to the restroom.
  • Do not stare at anyone while he or she is eating.
  • Never talk on your phone or text a friend at the table. If an urgent matter arises, apologize, excuse yourself, and step away from the table so your conversation does not disturb the others.
  • Do not slurp your food or eat loudly.
  • If food must be removed from the mouth for some reason, it should be done so in the same manner it was conveyed, e.g. with a fork, by hand, or with a spoon. Do not spit food into your napkin.
  • Burping or sneezing at the table should be avoided. If you do so, say, "Excuse me."
  • Men should not wear a hat at the dinner table. Hostesses should also not wear hats inside their own homes.
  • Before asking for additional helpings, always consume the food on your plate first.
  • Never wave or point your silverware while talking or sitting at the dinner table.
  • Give your dinner partners on both sides equal opportunities for conversation.
  • Wait until your hostess picks up her fork or spoon before starting to eat.
  • Gentlemen should stand when a lady leaves or rejoins the table in formal social settings.
  • The gentlemen stand behind their chairs until the women are all seated before sitting down to a formal meal.
  • Keep your napkin on your lap. At more formal occasions all diners will wait to place their napkins on their laps until the host or hostess places his or her napkin on his or her lap. While sitting at the table, do not remove your napkin. When leaving the table, some place the napkin on their chair, while others place it to the left of the plate. Etiquette does not have a fixed rule on this matter.
  • When eating barbecue or other very messy foods such as cracked crab in an informal setting which must be eaten with fingers and creates splashing or flying food particles, a 'bib' napkin may be provided for and used by adults. Wet wipes or paper napkins should be provided to clean the hands. In formal settings, bibs of any sort are improper, and food should be prepared so that it may be eaten properly with the provided utensils.
  • Hosts should always provide cloth napkins to guests. When paper napkins are provided, they should be treated the same as cloth napkins, and therefore should not be balled up or torn.

Utensils

  • The fork is used to convey solid food to the mouth. Do not use your fingers unless eating foods customarily eaten as such, such as bread, asparagus spears, chicken wings, pizza, etc.
  • The fork may be used either in the American (use the fork in your left hand while cutting; switch to right hand to pick up and eat a piece) or the Continental (fork can be in the left or right hand) -- either is acceptable. (See Fork etiquette)
  • The knife blade should be placed on the edge of your plate when not in use. The blade should always face inward.
  • When you have finished eating soup from a bowl or large "soup plate," the spoon should be placed on the flat plate beneath, if one is present.
  • As courses are served, use your silverware from the outside moving inward toward the main plate. Dessert utensils are either above the main plate or served with dessert.
  • Never use a knife or spoon when a fork will do.
  • Be sure to match the size of the spoon with the size of the bowl. Often the soup spoon is too small and the spoon for the cup or bowl is too large.

Dining

  • A prayer or 'blessing' may be customary in some households, and the guests may join in or be respectfully silent. Most prayers are made by the host before the meal is eaten. Hosts should not practice an extended religious ritual in front of invited guests who have different beliefs.
  • A toast may be offered instead of or in addition to a blessing.
  • Do not start eating until (a) every person is served or (b) those who have not been served request that you begin without waiting. At more formal occasions all diners should be served at the same time and will wait until the hostess or host lifts a fork or spoon before beginning.
  • When a dish is offered from a serving dish (a.k.a. family style), as is the traditional manner, the food may be passed around or served by a host or staff. If passed, you should pass on the serving dish to the next person in the same direction as the other dishes are being passed. Place the serving dish on your left, take some, and pass to the person next to you. You should consider how much is on the serving dish and not take more than a proportional amount so that everyone may have some. If you do not care for any of the dish, pass it to the next person without comment. If being served by a single person, the server should request if the guest would like any of the dish. The guest may say "Yes, please," or "No, thank you."
  • When serving yourself or others, the meat portion of the dish should be at the "5 o'clock" position, unless it has been placed in the center of the dish for presentation purposes.
  • When serving, serve from the left and pick-up the dish from the right. Beverages, however, are to be both served and as well as removed from the right-hand side.
  • Dip your soup spoon away from you into the soup. Eat soup noiselessly, from the side of the spoon. When there is a small amount left, you may lift the front end of the dish slightly with your free hand to enable collection of more soup with your spoon.
  • Tea or coffee should never be poured into the saucer to cool but should be sipped from the cup. Doing so was a practice which ended with the invention of the cup handle three hundred years ago.
  • Coffee or tea cups are always placed to the right of the table setting or sometimes above the setting to the right if space is limited. When serving, the cup's handle should be pointing right and the handle of the spoon pointing right, as most people are right-handed.
  • Taste food before adding seasoning, such as salt or pepper.
  • You may thank or converse with the staff, but it is not necessary, especially if engaged in conversation with others.
  • It is acceptable in the United States not to accept all offerings, and to not finish all the food on your plate. No one should ask why another doesn't want any of a dish or why he has not finished a serving.
  • There should be no negative comments about the food nor of the offerings available.
  • Even if you have dietary restrictions, never request other food at a private function unless you are a relative, and in the latter case, do so as soon as possible, preferably when accepting the invitation.

At the end of the meal

  • When you have finished your meal, place all used utensils onto your plate together, on the right side, pointed down, so the waiter knows you have finished. Do not place used utensils on the table.
  • Except in a public restaurant, do not ask to take some of your uneaten food home, and never do so when attending a formal dinner.
  • When you have finished your meal, it is considered impolite to leave a dirty napkin on your dinner plate. Some apply the standard that you should fold it loosely and leave to the left of your plate when you leave at the end or during a meal. Others believe it is appropriate to leave the napkin on the chair.
  • Wait for your host or hostess to rise before getting up from a dinner party table.
  • Thank your host and/or hostess when leaving a dinner party.
  • Once dessert, after-dinner coffee, or the equivalent is served, be wary not overstay your welcome. The party who first wishes to end the event should rise and say something like, "This has been such a nice evening. We hope we can see you again soon."

British table manners

  • The fork is held in your left hand and the knife is held in your right when used at the same time.
  • You should hold your knife with the handle in your palm and your fork in the other hand with the prongs pointing downwards.
  • If you’re eating a dessert, your fork (if you have one) should be held in the left hand and the spoon in the right.
  • When eating soup, you should hold your spoon in your right hand and tip the bowl away from you, scooping the soup in movements away from yourself.
  • It is not acceptable to use your fingers at the table to eat or push food onto your fork. You may, however, eat some foods such as fruit, sandwiches, burgers, crisps, chips or pizza with your fingers.
  • If there are a number of knives or forks, then you should start from the outside set working your way in as each course is served.
  • Drinks should always be to the right of your plate with the bread roll to the left.
  • When eating bread rolls, break off a piece before buttering. Use your knife only to butter the bread, not to cut it.
  • You should not start eating before your host does or instructs you to do so. At larger meals, it is considered okay to start eating once others have been served.
  • When you’re finished, place your knife and fork together at six o’clock with your fork on the left (tines facing up) and knife on the right, with the knife blade facing in. This signals that you are finished.
  • Your napkin should never be screwed up. Nor should it be folded neatly as that would suggest that your host might plan to use it again without washing it - just leave it neatly but loosely.
  • Never blow your nose on your napkin. Place it on your lap and use it to dab your mouth if you make a mess.
  • It is considered rude to answer the telephone at the table. If you need to take an urgent call, excuse yourself and go outside.
  • Always ask for permission from the host and excuse yourself if you need to leave the table. You should place your napkin on your seat until you return.
  • If you must leave the table or are resting, your fork should be at eight o’clock and your knife at four o’clock (with the blade inwards). Once an item of cutlery has been used, it should not touch the table again.
  • The food should be brought to your mouth on the back of the fork; you should sit straight and not lean towards your plate.
  • Dishes should be served from the right, and taken away from the right. Unless the food is placed on your plate at the table, then it should arrive from the left.
  • Drinks should be served from the right.
  • Never lean across somebody else’s plate. If you need something to be passed, ask the person closest to it. If you have to pass something, only pass it if you are closest to it and pass it directly to them if you can.
  • Salt & pepper should be passed together.
  • Do not take food from a neighbour’s plate and don’t ask to do so.
  • You must not put your elbows on the table.
  • If pouring a drink for yourself, offer to pour a drink for your neighbours before serving yourself.
  • If extra food is on the table, ask others first if they would like it before taking it yourself.
  • When chewing food, close your mouth and only talk when you have swallowed it. Working class or regional British etiquette is not to converse at all, unless it is necessary.
  • Swallow all food before eating more or having a drink.
  • Do not slurp your food or eat loudly.
  • Never pick food out of your teeth with your fingernails.
  • Try to eat all the food you are served.
  • Wine glasses should be held by the stem in the case of white wines, and by cupping the bowl in the case of red wines
  • If Port is served after the meal, then the decanter or bottle should be passed to the person on your left and never passed to the right.
  • Always remember “regular” manners. Remember to say "please" and "thank you".

Chinese table manners

These are mostly concerned with the use of chopsticks. Otherwise generally Chinese table manners are rather more informal compared to Western cultures, such as talking with the mouth full, which may be acceptable but better not to do so.

  • Do not start making the first move until the elderly or guest of honor have done so, as a sign of respect. Also sometimes dishes are passed to the elderly first before the dinner starts (part of the Confucian tradition of respecting seniors).
  • In meals primarily conducted as business socializing or business meetings, it is best not to eat until fully filled if you are invited as a guest for business purposes.
  • Leave the best food in a dish to the elderly, children, or the guest of honor, even if they are your favorite food items.
  • Chopsticks must always be held in the correct manner. It should be held between the thumb and fingers of the right hand,
  • Chopsticks are traditionally held in the right hand only, even by the left-handed. Although chopsticks may now be found in either hand, a few still consider left-handed chopstick use improper etiquette. One explanation for the treatment of such usage as improper is that this can symbolise argument, as the chopsticks may collide between the left-handed and right-handed user.
  • When communal chopsticks are supplied with shared plates of food, it is considered impolite to use your own chopsticks to pick up the food from the shared plate or eat using the communal chopsticks. An exception to this rule is made in intimate family dinners where family members may not mind the use of one's own chopsticks to transfer food.
  • It is considered impolite to use the blunt end of the chopsticks to transfer food from a common dish to your own plate or bowl. Use the communal chopsticks instead.
  • Never wave your chopsticks around as if they were an extension of your hand gestures, bang them like drumsticks, or use them to move bowls or plates.
  • Decide what to pick up before reaching with chopsticks. Do not hover around or poke looking for special ingredients.
  • Pick the food on the dish that is at the top and nearest to you in distance. Never rummage through the dish or pick from the far side for your favorite food.
  • In general, the more conservative Chinese frown upon the practice of picking more than one or two bites of food in your bowl or serving plate as if you were eating in the Western way. Most Chinese would understand the practice during infectious disease epidemics, or if the person is from the West.
  • If both a serving bowl - separate from rice bowl - and plate are provided, never put any food items to be eaten onto the serving plate. This rule is relaxed if the person is from the West.
  • After you have picked up a food item, do not put it back in the dish.
  • When picking up a piece of food, never use the tips of your chopsticks to poke through the food as if you were using a fork. Exceptions include tearing larger items apart such as vegetables. In informal use, small, difficult to pick-up items such as cherry tomatoes or fishballs may be stabbed but this use is frowned upon by traditionalists.
  • If noodle soup is served, many consider a more elegant way to eat by picking the noodle into a serving spoon first, and eating from the spoon, rather than slurping directly from the bowl into mouth using chopsticks.
  • Chopsticks can be rested horizontally on one's plate or bowl to keep them off the table entirely. A chopstick rest can also be used to keep the points off the table.
  • Never stab chopsticks into a bowl of rice, leaving them standing upwards. Any stick-like object facing upward resembles the incense sticks that some Asians use as offerings to deceased family members. This is considered the ultimate faux pas on the dining table.
  • Chinese traditionally eat rice from a small bowl held in the left hand. The rice bowl is raised to the mouth and the rice pushed into the mouth using the chopsticks. Some Chinese find it offensive to scoop rice from the bowl using a spoon. If rice is served on a plate, as is more common in the West, it is acceptable and more practical to eat it with a fork or spoon. The thumb must always be above the edge of the bowl.
  • It is acceptable to transfer food to people who have a close relation with you (e.g. parents, grandparents, children or significant others) if you notice they are having difficulty picking up the food.
  • Traditionally, it is polite for the youngest members of the table to address each and everyone of the elderly members of the table before a meal starts and literally tell them to "eat rice", which means "go ahead and start the meal", to show respect.
  • The host should always make sure the guests drinks are sufficiently full. One should not pour for ones self, but should (if thirsty) offer to pour for a neighbor. When your drink is being poured, you should say "thank you" and/or tap your fingers on the table to show appreciation. The story behind the finger tapping can be found here.
  • When people wish to clink drinks together in the form of a cheer, it is important to observe that younger members should clink the edge of their drink below the edge of an elder to show respect.
  • When eating food that contains bones, it is customary that the bones be spat out onto the table to the right of the dining plate in a neat pile.
  • The eldest person present, or the guest of honour, is given a seat facing the door.

French table manners

  • Both hands must be above the table at the same time. They cannot be below the table even if they are together. This rule comes from medieval times, where the king feared assassination. To make sure he was able to dine safely, all persons dining with him kept their hands above the table where they could be seen at all times. The action of putting your hands below the table was interpreted as an attempt to grab your dagger and assassinate the king.
  • Remember to always say please and thank you
  • If you've served your own portion, it is considered good manners to finish everything on your plate.
  • Do not put ice in your wine. At restaurants, wine is served at the temperature at which it is meant to be enjoyed.
  • After you have finished eating, place the cutlery parallel together, vertically at the center of your plate. Then, the waiter will know to take away your plate.
  • While you are still eating your meal, place the cutlery to the sides of your plate at 4:00 and 8:00, opposite sides of the plate, signifying to the waiter that you wish to keep your plate.
  • Should you want more wine, finish your glass, but to signify that you have had enough to drink, leave some wine in your glass.
  • When dining at another's residence, do not use salt or pepper. This is an insult to the person who cooked the meal and is interpreted as "You did not get it right."

Indian table manners

  • Wait for the host or the eldest person to start first.
  • You should maintain silence while eating food. You are not expected to chat unnecessarily with the people around the table.
  • It is acceptable not to use cutlery for eating, as many foods - such as Indian breads and curry - are best enjoyed when eating with the hand.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before sitting at the table as some Indian foods are primarily eaten by hand. Also, wash hands after eating the food. Usually, a finger bowl (with luke warm water and lemon) is served per person for rinsing fingers.
  • In North India, when eating curry, the gravy must not be allowed to stain the fingers --only the fingertips are used. However, in South India, it is acceptable to use more of your hand.
  • When flatbreads such as chapati, roti, or naan are served with the meal, it is acceptable and expected to use pieces of them to gather food and sop-up gravies and curries.
  • The cardinal rule of dining is to always use the right hand when eating or receiving food and never the left. Even a piece from the bread is broken using the right hand alone.
  • It is considered inappropriate to use your fingers to share food from someone else's plate once you have started using your own. Instead, ask for a clean spoon to transfer the food to your plate from the common dish.
  • When eating with hands, always eat with right, as mentioned above. However, use only the other clean hand to transfer food from a common dish on the table.
  • It is not necessary to taste each and every dish prepared; but you must finish everything on the plate as it is considered a respect for served food. For that reason, take only as much food on the plate you can finish.
  • Don't leave the table until others have finished or the host requests you. If you must, take permission from the host before leaving.

Japanese table manners

  • Never place chopsticks stuck vertically into a bowl of food, as this is the traditional presentation form for an offering to one's ancestors.
  • Accepted practice in helping oneself to a communal dish such as a salad, is to reverse the chopsticks. However this is regarded in an all male, or casual situation, as too formal and additionally, a female habit.
  • Women should cup their other hand beneath their serving when using chopsticks when conveying food from dish/bowl to mouth. Men should not do this.
  • In communal dining or drinking, the youngest person present should pour alcohol for the other members of the party, serving the most senior person first. The server should not pour their own drink, rather they should place the bottle of sake, beer, wine or spirits, back on the table or bar, and wait to be served by a senior.
  • One should always clean one's hands before dining with the hot steamed towel provided.
  • Japanese soup is eaten holding the bowl to one's mouth, never with a spoon. The exceptions to this are o-zoni, the traditional soup served on New Year's Day; soups with noodles are served in larger bowls, such as ramen, are acceptable to eat using chopsticks, although the soup itself is still consumed from bowl to mouth.
  • If something might drip onto the whilst in the chopsticks, use the bowl of rice in your other hand to catch the liquid. It is important to not allow this liquid to remain, and so the discolored portion of the rice must be eaten. Rice (in a bowl) should remain white if it was served as such.
  • It is usually polite to finish all sections of a meal served at around the same time. It is suggested that one should take a bite from one container, and then take a bite of rice. One should then take a bite from another container, have another bite of rice, and so forth.
  • It is perfectly acceptable, rather, encouraged to make a slurping noise when eating hot noodles such as udon, ramen or soba. This is standard behaviour in Japan, and Japanese maintain that inhaling air when eating hot noodles improves the flavor.
  • When taking a break from eating during a meal, one should place one's chopsticks on the chopstick rest (hashi-oki) provided. A hashi-oki is usually a ceramic rectangle about four centimeters long, or in some restaurants, a halved wine cork is provided.
  • Unlike Korean table manners, it is acceptable to cradle one's rice bowl in one hand when eating. Japanese rice bowls have thicker bottom and made with heat insulating materials while Korean rice bowls are made with heat conductive metals.
  • One should not gesture using chopsticks.
  • Never pass food from one pair of chopsticks to another. This technique is used only in Japanese Buddhist funerary rites when transferring cremated bones into an urn.
  • When pouring wine or beer, the hand holding the bottle should pour forward, not backward (over the back of the hand) which is considered an insult.
  • There is no tipping in Japanese restaurants.

There are additional etiquette rules specifically for sushi, especially in a restaurant.

  • It is acceptable to eat sushi with one's fingers, rather than chopsticks, if the dining situation is relatively casual (this also applies to dining out at a kaitenzushi restaurant).
  • When possible, sushi pieces and sections of cut rolls should be eaten in a single bite, or held in the hand until finished; setting half a piece back down on the plate is considered rude.
  • Nigiri sushi (fish on rice) and maki (rolls) may be eaten with the hands; sashimi (pieces of raw fish) should be eaten with chopsticks.

Malay table manners

  • Footwear must not be worn in a Malay home due to hygienic reasons.
  • As a guest, if you feel that you cannot consume more food, it is courteous to turn it down by eating a small morsel or by graciously declining it altogether.
  • Remember that the right hand is always used for eating the traditional Malay way - NEVER the left hand since that it is considered unclean.
  • Have the oldest person served first (disregard whether it is a male or female).
  • Always cover your mouth when toothpicking.
  • Always turn your head away from the table if you are sneezing or coughing.
  • For functions that require guests to sit down on the floor, men should sit crossed-legged and not stretch them
  • Pointing your feet at others is impolite - point your feet away from them.
  • You must leave some drinking beverage in the glass or cup after you finish drinking.
  • Never leave your plate dry after eating.
  • Don't hit or knock on an empty plate as it is considered rude.
  • Do not put back dishes to its original place when you have taken it to your plate.
  • Do not talk when you mouth is full as it is considered rude.

Pakistani table manners

Pakistani table manners are a mixture of Islamic teachings, south Asian tradition and British influence:

  • Before you start eating, Recite "Bismillah Ar-Rehman al-Rahim"(In the name of God Who is most beneficial & merciful).
  • Wash hands thoroughly before sitting at the table/Dastarkhwan (A long piece of cloth used for food) as Bread (Chapati) is primarily eaten by hand.
  • Try to eat bread (Chapati) with the right hand.
  • Don't look into others' saucers while eating. (?)
  • Do not chew loud enough for others to hear.
  • Chew with your mouth closed.
  • Eat everything on the plate; leaving some food is considered wasteful.
  • Eating additional servings is considered polite and a compliment to the host.
  • When using a knife and fork, eat British style, holding the fork in your left hand.
  • Do not start eating until the eldest in the family eats first.
  • If eating food with bread, first tear it in half. Then break off a small piece, only using your right hand if you can do so elegantly. Use bread to pinch or scoop food between thumb and fingers.

-These are very general manners, they differ from area to area and might not always be noticed

Peruvian table manners

Table manners follow most of the European standards, although there are some implications with regards to typical dishes or local traditions.

  • Leftover Ceviche lemon juice can be poured into a glass following consumption of the fish pieces. This accepted practice is called the "drinking of the tiger's milk".

Russian table manners

  • It is polite to leave a bit of food at the end of the meal to show the host that their hospitality was plentiful and appreciated. In addition, the host will often urge the guests for second helpings of food.
  • It is improper to look into another's plate or saucer.
  • Remember to say "Thanks, everything was very tasty" to the one who made the dish upon leaving the table.
  • Small food should not be cut.
  • No elbows on the table.
  • No unpleasant noises.
  • In general, one should not be stuffy or overly ceremonial. Especially if the meal is in someone's home, conviviality and relaxation outrank propriety. A guest is expected to contribute to the fun of the party.
  • Don't talk while eating.

See also

References

External links

Japan
* Japanese Dining Etiquette
Malaysia
* General dining etiquette
United States
* Job interview dining etiquette
* Job interview dining etiquette Q & A
* General dining etiquette

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