After I did a bit of research on etiquette, I was shocked to learn that my family is made up of a bunch of ill-mannered heathens. And, if I were to be perfectly honest, I\’d have to say that I\’m in violation myself and therefore, not a candidate of the Emily Post Manner Award.

How does your family measure up?|

The Rules of Etiquette

One should:

* arrive at least 10 minutes early unless otherwise specified. (Whatever happened to fashionably late?)

* pass food from the left to right. (So if someone is on my left, should I pass it around the table?)

* pass both the salt and pepper together, even if only asked for one of them.

* place food item directly in front of the person asking for it, rather than handing it to them (hand-to-hand). (No tossing the roll across the table and saying “heads up”)

* never even think to grab a roll out of the breadbasket as its being passed to someone else. (Are you kidding? I\’d never get a piece. It\’s every man for him self here.)

* serve food from the left; remove from the right.

* put the butter or spread on your plate before you spread it on your food. In other words, do not take butter and directly spread it on the bread.

* scoop the food away from you. (I do that with soup, but I didn\’t know you\’re supposed to do that with all food!)

* taste your food before seasoning it.

* never blow on your food to cool it. If it\’s hot, you just wait for it to cool.

* keep elbows off the table. Keep your left hand in your lap unless you are using it.

* not talk with your mouth full. Chew with your mouth closed.

* cut only enough food for the next mouthful. Eat in small bites and slowly.

* not blow your nose at the dinner table. Excuse yourself to visit the restroom. (What if I have a cold? I might spend the evening in the restroom.)

* wash hands before returning to the dining room.

* cover your mouth if you cough with your napkin to stop the spread of germs and muffle the noise.

* not use a toothpick or apply makeup at the table. (Even we\’re not so uncouth as to apply make up at the dinner table, especially the boys.)

* stand when a woman leaves the table or returns to sit (For the men). (As if!)

Emily Post ” . . . . manner is personality-the outward manifestation of one\’s innate character and attitude toward life.”

How ill-mannered are you?

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Janice Taylor, is a Weight Loss Coach and Certified Hypnotist. She is the author of Our Lady of Weight Loss: Miraculous and Motivational Musings from the Patron Saint of Permanent Fat Removal and creator of the popular e-newsletter Kick in the Tush Club.