Frequently forgotten etiquette rules

Elementary rules of politeness are familiar to everyone. But how many subtleties in etiquette that you can forget about or not know them at all! Fill the gaps in good manners?

Say hello first

Always say hello first, even if you are the soul of the company, the star of the parties of your circle and the big boss in one person. And one more thing: being in someone's society, you should greet the person who was greeted by your companion or companion, even if you first met a stranger or a stranger.

Frequently forgotten etiquette rules

Do not show with your finger

If you need to point at something and especially at someone, do it not with your finger, but with an open palm.

Applaud correctly

Keep your palms at chest level, not your face, by slightly tilting your hands to your side (let's digress: this is also part of the test for the dominant hemisphere of the brain; which answers the left hemisphere, prevail over emotions, intuition and creative impulses of the right).It is also impolite to interrupt with applause the scene of a performance, an opera production, or a performance of a musical work, until they are completed.

Do not turn your back on the audience of your row.

To take their place in the auditorium, often have to go half a row of chairs. This should be done by facing those whom you pass (the most slender can also have a half-side), but not with your back and admiring the heads of the lower rows. However, in Europe, the opposite is considered polite - to avoid other people's places, turning your back on those who sit in your line.

Frequently forgotten etiquette rules

Remember: the left hand is personal, the right hand is social

The left hand, according to etiquette, is a hand for self-service: they keep a handkerchief in it, a glass with a cocktail, they cough in it, laugh. And the right one is social, for handshakes and greetings, it should be free and not cause doubts in tidiness.

Remove all unnecessary food from the table.

There are in the company laid out next to the plate of a smartphone, a purse, keychains, sunglasses, a pair of gloves and especially a headdress, even if you are completely alone at the table, not comme il faut. Let everything that you do not need for food, wait in the bag.

Do not put the bag on the table

This item is logically related to the previous one and is valid not only for a business portfolio or an everyday backpack, but also for an evening clutch. But in the matter of where to put the bag in a cafe, restaurant, workplace, the authors of modern encyclopedias differ on etiquette. Someone declares that the bag is only on the floor (office version is in the closet) and move it to hang it on the back of your chair or place it on the next chair, but someone considers it permissible.

Frequently forgotten etiquette rules

Outside the house do not dry the umbrella open

This rule of etiquette is easy to explain: even two or three fully opened umbrellas eat up a hefty part of the room and give it a somewhat theatrical appearance; besides, moisture flows down from them. If you are visiting, ask the owners to take care of your accessory, and in the office place a folded, but not tightened strap (the dome will dry out faster) an umbrella in a special stand, or under a rack with clothes or under your desk.

Learn the language of cutlery

If you put the fork and the knife so that they are left and right leaning on the edge of the plate and the table, or you leave it on the plate in the form of the letter L or X, this is a sign to the waiter so that he does not clean anything yet.If the flatware lies parallel to each other in the plate, it means: the meal is over, everything can be carried. The blade of the knife in any manipulation should "look" at you, not outside; the teeth of the fork can be turned up (American tradition) or down, in a European way.


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