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The School of Etiquette

Is it wrong to put your elbows on the table?


In times past, placing your elbows on the table was taboo because having proper table manners meant that you were considerate about those around you and would do everything to make them feel at ease and comfortable in your presence.

Furthermore, our forks and knives already draw boundaries and help us know our allocated space at the table. So when you put your elbows on the table, it could be seen as you leaving your space and infringing on that of your neighbours.

However, as times have changed, just like many other rules of etiquette, what may have been considered rude before is now found to be more acceptable.

Modern day etiquette now find that elbows on the table could actually signify good body language, acknowledging that you’re enjoying yourself, you’re involved and focused on the conversation(s) going on during the food courses.

Places like France even consider it a necessity in showing that you’re enjoying your meal and the company around you.

The “no-elbows” rule is therefore a lot more acceptable before the food is placed in front of you and after your meal.

Whatever you chose to do, always make sure you’re respectful, considerate and don’t cross your boundaries on the table.

Bon Appetit!

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