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Thread: Manners: Elbows on the table.

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    Manners: Elbows on the table.

    I'll try not to betray my prejudice on this issue (at this point), but I just had an event today where the manners issue of 'no elbows on the table' came up. What's your take on this? No concession -- it's the rule and a darn good one? Or is it outdated? Of course it could be neither or somewhere in between the extremes, but I am just being provocative.

    Most people on this form take food seriously or work with it daily, so I think your perspectives would be interesting.

    k.
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    I follow the host's lead. If my boss kept his elbows off the table, so did I. If My MIL ate with her elbows on the table, so did I.

    -AJ

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    I'm elbows on all the way
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    Depends on the situation. Formal dining no, but just about every other time sure. In my job I'm required to go to dining ettiquite training every year. I'm always making the instructor mad!
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    Depends on how tired I am. With formal dinners its elbows off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AFKitchenknivesguy View Post
    Depends on the situation. Formal dining no, but just about every other time sure. In my job I'm required to go to dining ettiquite training every year. I'm always making the instructor mad!
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    I'm European - no elbows on the table, of course. But I seem to be the only one in my circle of friends who cares or even notices.

    Stefan

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    Not during the dinner itself, but acceptable if sitting around the table once cleared.
    once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right

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    If I'm with people I know, I'll do whatever I feel like although I can't say I put my elbows on the table a whole lot anyway. If I'm with people I don't know, I'll do what everyone else does. It's not a big deal to me either way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chinacats View Post
    Not during the dinner itself, but acceptable if sitting around the table once cleared.
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