Buzz·Posted on Jan 21, 2015Could You Pass For Posh?Fake it til you make it. Questions taken from Debretts, because of course.by Jo BarrowBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink ThinkStock ThinkStock / thadthum A firm handshake Correct Incorrect A firm handshake Single cheek air-kiss on Poppy’s right cheek Correct Incorrect Single cheek air-kiss on Poppy’s right cheek Double cheek kiss with Thomas kissing Poppy’s right cheek first Correct Incorrect Double cheek kiss with Thomas kissing Poppy’s right cheek first Thomas bowing over Poppy’s hand and kissing it. Correct Incorrect Thomas bowing over Poppy’s hand and kissing it. Correct! Wrong! Double cheek kiss. The double kiss, which is usually the man kissing the woman’s right cheek first, is the norm among younger people. Hand-kissing, or rather a man bowing over the hand of a married woman, never a young girl, and not quite touching it with his lips, has never really caught on in Britain. It looks affected unless you come from a culture where men are brought up to hand-kiss. ThinkStock / kozyrina 3 hours Correct Incorrect 3 hours 6 hours Correct Incorrect 6 hours 12 hours Correct Incorrect 12 hours 24 hours Correct Incorrect 24 hours Correct! Wrong! 24 hours. Always wait 24 hours before accepting or removing someone as a friend. The delay will help you gather your thoughts. kozyrina / ThinkStock Yours, Correct Incorrect Yours, Yours sincerely, Correct Incorrect Yours sincerely, Yours faithfully, Correct Incorrect Yours faithfully, Thanks, Correct Incorrect Thanks, Correct! Wrong! The sign-off depends on the salutation. As a broad rule, if you addressed the letter to 'Dear Mr Debrett' the sign off is 'Yours sincerely'. If addressed to 'Dear Sir/Madam', then 'Yours faithfully' is correct. ThinkStock / seamartini Your Majesty Correct Incorrect Your Majesty Your Highness Correct Incorrect Your Highness Ma'am Correct Incorrect Ma'am Your Grace Correct Incorrect Your Grace Correct! Wrong! Your majesty When conversing with The Queen, substitute "Your Majesty" for "you". ThinkStock / thadthum Leave where it is until you eat the first course. Correct Incorrect Leave where it is until you eat the first course. Tuck it into your collar. Correct Incorrect Tuck it into your collar. Place it upon your lap immediately. Correct Incorrect Place it upon your lap immediately. Correct! Wrong! Place it upon your lap. Napkins should be placed on the lap as soon as you are seated. When you get down from the table, leave the napkin, unfolded on the table, to the left of the place setting. Bathroom Correct Incorrect Bathroom Loo Correct Incorrect Loo Toilet Correct Incorrect Toilet Ladies/ Gents Correct Incorrect Ladies/ Gents Correct! Wrong! Loo Generally, loo is the preferred term, 'Ladies' or 'Gents' in public venues is also widely used. 'Lavatory' is unambiguous, while 'Toilet' is the internationally recognised word, but may still raise an eyebrow in more class-conscious circles. ThinkStock / seamartini The older person Correct Incorrect The older person The wealthier person Correct Incorrect The wealthier person You should always split the bill Correct Incorrect You should always split the bill Whoever extended the invitation should pay the bill Correct Incorrect Whoever extended the invitation should pay the bill Correct! Wrong! Whoever extended the invitation should pay the bill There is one abiding rule - the person who requests the pleasure, pays for the pleasure. So, as a simple point of etiquette, you should pick up the tab for a lunch, dinner or drinks - whether dating or business lunching - if you have invited the other person. ThinkStock / seamartini Scoop the peas onto the top your fork with your knife. Correct Incorrect Scoop the peas onto the top your fork with your knife. Stab the peas with your fork. Correct Incorrect Stab the peas with your fork. Squash the peas onto the back of your fork with your knife. Correct Incorrect Squash the peas onto the back of your fork with your knife. Correct! Wrong! Squash the peas onto the back of your fork Avoid turning over your fork and using it as a scoop; instead, squash the peas on to the back of the fork. Utilise any aids on your plate, such as mashed potato. Scoop with an upturned fork in more casual or solitary situations. ThinkStock / seamartini Swallowed, spitting is unseemly. Correct Incorrect Swallowed, spitting is unseemly. Spat into the right hand and placed in the napkin. Correct Incorrect Spat into the right hand and placed in the napkin. Spat into the left hand and discretely placed on the side of the plate Correct Incorrect Spat into the left hand and discretely placed on the side of the plate Correct! Wrong! Pips and stones (cherry, olive etc.) should be discreetly spat into a cupped left hand and deposited on the side of the plate or discarded. ThinkStock / seamartini In the tin, covered by clingfilm, in the fridge, Correct Incorrect In the tin, covered by clingfilm, in the fridge, In tupperware, with the lid on, in the fridge. Correct Incorrect In tupperware, with the lid on, in the fridge. In tupperware, covered by a breathable material, in the fridge. Correct Incorrect In tupperware, covered by a breathable material, in the fridge. In a champagne flute, in the fridge. Correct Incorrect In a champagne flute, in the fridge. Correct! Wrong! In a champagne flute. Once opened, caviar should be stored in a champagne flute in the fridge, never in the tin. Good caviar should not taste salty. Test it by placing a small amount on the fleshy part of your hand between your thumb and index finger; it should not smell. ThinkStock / seamartini Take a small sip, if you like it, wave it to the table, if not, send it back. Correct Incorrect Take a small sip, if you like it, wave it to the table, if not, send it back. Smell the wine, swirl it around the glass to tell if it's ok or not. Correct Incorrect Smell the wine, swirl it around the glass to tell if it's ok or not. Taste it, remark upon its flavours and if you like it, say "that's fine" to the waiter. Correct Incorrect Taste it, remark upon its flavours and if you like it, say "that's fine" to the waiter. Correct! Wrong! You need only to sniff and swirl it. If you ordered the wine in a restaurant, you will usually be asked to taste it. Remember, it's not to see if you like it, but just to check it's not corked. You will be served a small amount in your glass. Swirl the wine in the glass and give it a sniff. Amateurs or the under-confident should also take a small sip. Remember, a screw top wine cannot be corked. ThinkStock / seamartini Morning Dress Correct Incorrect Morning Dress Black Tie Correct Incorrect Black Tie White Tie Correct Incorrect White Tie Eveningwear Correct Incorrect Eveningwear Correct! Wrong! Morning Dress Morning dress (or 'formal day dress') is the traditional dress for weddings and formal daytime events in the presence of The Queen, such as Royal Ascot and Trooping the Colour. The jacket is always referred to as the morning coat. ThinkStock Spaghetti Straps Correct Incorrect Spaghetti Straps A mini skirt Correct Incorrect A mini skirt A trouser suit Correct Incorrect A trouser suit Halter necks Correct Incorrect Halter necks Correct! Wrong! Trouser suits Ladies should choose a smart dress or suit (steer clear of miniskirts, halter necks and spaghetti straps). It's fine for ladies to wear trouser suits (or a matching top and trousers). Remember a day at the races can be quite tiring with a lot of standing around - toe-pinching stilettos might not be the best choice. ThinkStock After an impressive aria. Correct Incorrect After an impressive aria. When the conductor takes to the podium. Correct Incorrect When the conductor takes to the podium. At the end of an act. Correct Incorrect At the end of an act. During a prolonged silence in the music. Correct Incorrect During a prolonged silence in the music. Correct! Wrong! Be sure to applaud only when the conductor takes to the podium (at the very beginning and after the interval), after the overture (the musical introduction before curtain-up), at the end of an act, after an impressive aria and at the final bows. Avoid whooping, whistling or braying - feet stamping is a definite no-no.