American table manners

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  1. intent

    intent Senior member

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    Most Americans don't know the proper table manners. Is it the same in Europe?
     
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    Allen Senior member

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    Most Americans don't know the proper table manners. Is it the same in Europe?

    Yes.
    But my intention was to discuss manners themselves, not people's respect of them(or lack, thereof).
     
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    Douglas Stupid ass member

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    American's have grammars? [​IMG]

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  4. Kid Nickels

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    American's have manners? [​IMG]

    ha...right. "American table manners" is a paradox in itself. I'm appalled by the shit I see even in "nice" restaurants. Eat as Europeans do... with some decor & common sense!
     
  5. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    ha...right. "American table manners" is a paradox in itself. I'm appalled by the shit I see even in "nice" restaurants. Eat as Europeans do... with some decor & common sense!
    How, exactly, do you eat with decor? Do you snag some wallpaper and use it to wipe your chin, or do you grab a candy dish and use it to shovel soup into your mouth? -An American
     
  6. Kid Nickels

    Kid Nickels Senior member

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    Any generalization will be sterotypical to some extent... I'm in HK now so you could just grab your chopsticks, put the bowl to your lips and shovel it in!!! No one here seems to care [​IMG]
     
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    Kid Nickels Senior member

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    I mean not like a slob or a little kid.... just recently at a "nice/ upscale" restaurant in LA I saw a grown man with his wife for dinner, in between audible belching, pushing food onto his fork with his finger.... I mean really... that falls into the realm of the indecorous....
     
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    Kid Nickels Senior member

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    Apologies I should have said "decorousness" but I figured the point was clear... I wasn't aware the grammar police were out in force today....
     
  9. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    Apologies I should have said "decorousness" but I figured the point was clear... I wasn't aware the grammar police were out in force today....
    Oh, my bad. Tuesday is for the manners police and wednesday is grammar police day?
     
  10. Kid Nickels

    Kid Nickels Senior member

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    Oh, my bad. Tuesday is for the manners police and wednesday is grammar police day?

    anyway... c'mon.... I'm not being argumentative.... the point was/is having some level of propriety while eating .... in public I guess should be added. It can't be ignored sometimes when you're dining in a small, cozy bistro and the people at the next table are belching, talking and chewing while food is dropping out of their mouths, etc....
     
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    matt, you're being really american, I mean rude.






    ;-)
     
  12. Kid Nickels

    Kid Nickels Senior member

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    matt, you're being really american, I mean rude.






    ;-)


    thx Master-Classter [​IMG]
     
  13. holymadness

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    When I invite my North American family to restaurants in France, they are shocked by our practice of making mouillettes (dipping bread into the leftover sauce on the plate).

    North Americans also love dressing up to eat out somewhere nice, which means I frequently come off as a slob in restaurants here.

    Different strokes?
     
  14. M. Bardamu

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    It I hold my fork in my left hand with the curved part up...

    I learnt from my mother who was born in a British colony so it was always tines down with the fork in the left.

    This is absolutely the proper way to use a fork in terms of etiquette, but how contra-functional!

    Next question: who spoons their soup away from them?
     
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    I've found that the way people hold their knife and fork to be a reliable indicator of their social class. It's rather amusing.
     

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