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Thread Starter 

Hey, 

 

I'm 23 and am nearing the end of law school. I'm finding myself at lunches/functions with people older than me and am adjusting to dinners with multiple forks, red wine, small talk with clients etc as opposed to my usual beer and pizza. Dating is becoming very much the same too. 

 

I was wondering if you could suggest some one stop books with information on rules regarding manners, behaviour and proper etiquette in such situations?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 11

Parents? Older Relatives?

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Originally Posted by YOLO EMSHI View Post

Parents? Older Relatives?

 

Solicitors, barristers, their wives, etc. 

post #4 of 11

No I mean shouldn't this be the sort of thing your parents (or any other older relatives) know about, indeed have taught you by now? 

post #5 of 11
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The finer details haven't. I'd really like to learn to give off the air of a modern gentlemen rather ran a random collage of rules.
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Originally Posted by YOLO EMSHI View Post

No I mean shouldn't this be the sort of thing your parents (or any other older relatives) know about, indeed have taught you by now? 

Well its probably too late for that isn't it? Gotta give the guy credit for recognizing his shortcomings and wanting to improve them.

I mean fuck--most of my friends don't seem to realize a knife can be used for more than just cutting things. They will instead use their fingers to push food onto their forks. Ask them to set a table and they need to know what is cooking so they can gauge whether or not they have to put out knives.

Oddly enough...I bet they all know which fork to use (but that's a trope that shows up in so many movies/tv shows that I imagine everybody knows now).
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lefty

post #8 of 11
it's always appropriate to order champagne.
post #9 of 11
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it's always appropriate to order champagne.

Except at a wake. Hard liquor only.
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What if the person that died loved champagne?
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What if the person that died loved champagne?

You are permitted to place sentimental gifts in the casket with the body. But the wake isn't about the dead person, it's about the living finding a way to numb their feelings. Hard liquor or gtfo.
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