Growing up, having class and practicing good manners were constantly instilled in me in school and at home where my sister would buy books about etiquette once in a while. I was surrounded by families with good breeding in and out of the school premises. I was spoken to like a lady by all my teachers. It was definitely nothing new to embody elegance and grace in my daily activities whether it be eating or greeting someone along the corridor.
When I chanced upon this book, “A Butler’s Guide to Table Manners,” I knew I needed to have a copy for myself. I have been wondering about proper manners in work and social context for a while now and I could not find anyone I could set as a role model who consciously practiced it. I would search about table manners online but nothing was compiled that interested me.
I finished reading the book in a jiffy on my way home from Sydney. I want to share a couple of new things that I will definitely take with me:
- British culture does not require transferring of forks from one hand to another after slicing meat while American culture does.
- Do not wipe your mouth with a napkin vigorously. Napkins must only be dabbed to remove any dirt from eating.
- You may pick out fish bones from your mouth directly using your hand.
I will not spoil the rest of the book. Get yourself a copy and try the tips in social gatherings!
Reference: A Butler’s Guide to Table Manners by Nicholas Clayton
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