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Hi, my name is Randy Hill and I am just one of thousands of people around the world, tired and frustrated with the lack of consideration that is displayed by a growing "demographic" that I call, "the great unwashed and ill-mannered." People who can't seem to get outside their little world long enough to see the stress that they create on the rest of the population.

I've created this blog and online store as an outlet for this pent-up frustration...and also to have a little devious fun while I'm at it!

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Forgotten Manners Friday

By Randy | June 29, 2007

Welcome to Forgotten Manners Friday, when I dig up some quaint rules of etiquette and manners from long ago…

This week: Table Manners

Do not play with the table utensils or crumble the bread.

Do not put your elbows on the table, or sit too far back, or lounge

Do not talk loud or boisterously

Be cheerful in conduct or conversation

Never, if possible, cough or sneeze at the table.

Never tilt back your chair while at the table, or at any other time.

Do not talk when the mouth is full

Never make a noise while eating

Do not open the mouth while chewing, but keep the lips closed. It is not necessary to show people how you masticate your food.

Never indicate that you notice anything unpleasant in the food.

Do not break your bread into the soup, nor mix with gravy. It is bad taste to mix food on the plate.

Never leave the table before the rest of the family or guests, without asking the host or hostess to excuse you.

Eat soup with the side of the spoon, without noise.

The fork is used to convey the food to the mouth, except when a spoon is necessary for liquids.

Raw oysters are eaten with a fork.

If you wish to be served with more tea or coffee, place your spoon in your saucer.

Tea or coffee should never be poured into the saucer to cool, but sipped from the cup.

If a dish is presented to you, serve yourself first and then pass it on.


Rules of Etiquette and Home Culture, 1886

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