If you’ve been checking in and keeping up with our Civil Rules challenge, you need to know, we are in the final rounds. With 110 of George Washington’s Rules of Civility, it’s hard to believe it, but we’re almost home!
Here’s your next to last group. This set focuses on table manners! You know the drill. And if you’re new, here’s the deal: Pick one of the below. Work on it this week. And hey, why not email me and let me know how you did?
So here goes:
90. Being set at meat scratch not neither spit cough or blow your nose except
there’s a necessity for it.
91. Make no show of taking great delight in your victuals, feed not with
greediness; cut your bread with a knife, lean not on the table neither find fault
with what you eat.
92. Take no salt or cut bread with your knife greasy.
93. Entertaining any one at table it is decent to present him with meat, undertake
not to help others undesired by the master.
94. If you soak bread in the sauce let it be no more than what you put in your
mouth at a time and blow not your broth at table but stay till cools of it self.
95. Put not your meat to your mouth with your knife in your hand neither spit
forth the stones of any fruit pie upon a dish nor cast anything under the table.
96. It’s unbecoming to stoop much to ones meat keep your fingers clean & when
foul wipe them on a corner of your table napkin.
97. Put not another bit into your mouth ’til the former be swallowed let not your
morsels be too big for the jowls.
98. Drink not nor talk with your mouth full neither gaze about you while you are
99. Drink not too leisurely nor yet too hastily. before and after drinking wipe your
lips breath not then or ever with too great a noise, for its uncivil.
And there you have it. In a world where things change at a rapid pace, table manners never go out of style.
Just my thoughts.