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    Jul 27, 2016

    How Bad Are Your Table Manners?

    So many rules to follow, so little time to actually eat.

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      Put it on your lap as soon as you sit down

      According to Debrett's anyway.

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      When everyone else's food has arrived, unless the host tells you to start

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      Work from the outside in

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      Your left hand

      Your fork goes in your left hand and your knife in your right hand. The American way of cutting up all your food and then eating with just a fork is unusual in Britain.

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      While eating, your fork tines should point downwards.

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      The one on the left is a cheese knife, and the one on the right is a pie serving knife.

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      Never!

      Debrett's guide to table etiquette bans elbows on the table.

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      No! Nobody wants to see that

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      No, swallow your food first

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      Of course that's fine!

      Unless they're giving a speech. That's a bit rude.

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      Follow what the hosts are doing!

      You don't want to be the only person using a knife and fork.

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      Spit them into your left hand and place them on the side of your plate

      Discreetly!

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      Never

      Unless you're alone in your own house.

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      Yes wait ’til you're somewhere private. Nobody wants to see that.

    Questions inspired by Debrett's etiquette guide.

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