This is a cut &paste.
Because I am lazy.
And the wisdom in the article is valuable.
YES-youknowwho-you know I'm talking to you, don't you?
So, be wise at the table and use this info.
(PS-I'd always heard that you were supposed to put your silverware together, facedown, at four o'clock when finished. What do you -not youknowwho-do?)
by Reader's Digest Magazine, on Wed Jun 23, 2010 (actually I cut and pasted from Yahoo-I know-what a geek am I.)
The way you eat and behave at the table is still important, says Nicholas Clayton of The Guild of Professional English Butlers (& the mrs). His guidelines:
1. Let your food cool of its own accord – don't blow on it.
2. Don't spit unwanted food into your napkin – remove it with your fork and place it on the side of your plate.
3. Never talk with your mouth full.
4. Don't hold your knife poised as if ready to sign a cheque, and don't point with any of your cutlery.
5. A napkin is there to protect your clothes; use it to dab the corners of your mouth but never to polish your teeth.
6. Never cut bread or bread rolls. Break the bread with your fingers and butter a small piece at a time. Breakfast toast is the only exception.
7. Be careful not to insult your host by adding salt before you have tasted your food.
8. When you've finished eating, place your knife and fork or spoon and fork together, vertically. Leave your plate where it is – never push it away from you.
9. Don't get drunk; you'll look absurd.
10. (from the mrs) Keep those elbows off the table. Please.
Name, Name, Name
Get your elbows off the table
This is not a horse's stable
But a fine dining table.
---Now, stand on your chair and sing us a song---
(Thank you for use of the chant, OK girl's camp girls.)