Are you the kind of person who chews loudly? Are you the one who talks while their mouth is full? Do you follow the table manners that your parents have told you about, or do you ignore them? Are you a princess when you eat? Do you use the sentences, Please pass insert dish here?
Explain how you eat, and your behavior when you're at the table.
I slurp noodles and soup like a Japanese, despite being a Chinese, I poke my fishballs using chopsticks occasionally, its no good in terms of Chinese table mannerism. But I generally don't talk while I eat and don't spread out my hands widely while eating.
It bugs me when people eat messily, so I don't do it.
Though my family is weird with meals; we all eat at different times and everyone makes their own food. So I'm usually not eating at the same time as anyone else.
My table manners differ between environments. I know how to use good table manners when I am expected to, such as eating with the family or eating at a public restaurant.
I chew with my mouth closed by default. Sometimes I talk with my mouth full if someone asks me a question - when I do, I cover my mouth with a hand. If I have noodles, soup, or spaghetti, it's difficult for me not to slurp... However, I try my best to avoid it while out in public. I don't go out of my way to reach for farther away items across the table in restaurants, I ask if someone can pass it. Lastly, I do not begin eating until everyone else has received their meal when eating with the family.
I am not too fussy about table manners at home. I mean, it's your house and you can do whatever you want in there.
I hate hate hatehatehate the sound and sight of people eating so I make a concerned effort to be quiet when I eat. I especially don't talk with food in my mouth. But I still put my elbows on the table, reach for things instead of asking for them, and all those other "rude" things because, well, there's no reason I should ask for the salt if I can reach it myself.
In generally decent environments like eating with family/older friends or eating out, I observe basic manners as a formality although my arm placement is a bit weird because I always have my left hand on my left knee unless I need both hands for something. I also consciously think about not chewing with my mouth open to the point of obsession because my brother does it and it's a terrible experience.
Around friends it's pretty much the same except I'm prone to doing the Gendo pose if I don't like the conversation topic.
At home and out at restaurants is mostly the same for me except that at restaurants:
- I'll wear a napkin on my lap (although, I guess I do that a formal family gatherings too like Christmas)
- drink more (at home, I'll normally grab a drink after)
- If eating something messy (like ribs or wings), I'll clean my face a lot more often than I would at home; because at home who cares?
- I will eat pizza with a fork and knife. When I'm out and order pizza, it isn't delivery-style, it is too think to pick up and bite (unless I roll it up I guess, but that would be weird)
I know I eat... quickly. So, I'm probably a lot louder than I realize. Hopefully not.
I want to learn to use chopsticks (properly. Right now I just stab things to get it on the stick)
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Like Drakow, it depends on who I'm with. However, if it bothers someone that much, I'll respect table etiquette.
It always seems a bit silly to me, though. Eating is part of staying alive, and you're worried about how you look to other people? Eh, whatever. However, I do find chewing with your mouth open to be annoying.
I think smacking your lips and chewing with your mouth open is disgusting. Also, no matter how bad a habit it is, DO NOT scrape your teeth on your fork/spoon. #1, You're hurting YOUR teeth, #2 that bloodcurling noise is terrible and makes me cringe.
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I hardly eat at a table with other people anymore, haha.
If I am? Chances are I'll talk at least once with my mouth full because I suck. >__> I try to keep my elbows off the table and not check my phone. Otherwise I just... eat. I don't really check to see if I have good table manners. Which means I am a total slob, probably. >__<
I tend to forget when there's food in my mouth and I'll talk, but I end up shoving it into the side of my mouth. It's just that if there's conversation, if I don't respond immediately, I'll forget it or the conversation will move away from what I wanna say lol. ;( Other than that, I'm pretty good about my table manners. When I drink from a glass or can or anything really, my pinky goes out (I don't try, it just does) so I'm fancy.
I hate it when people eat with their mouth open >.<
Anyway, I'm fairly polite - I do ask for people to pass stuff, and I eat with my mouth closed, and I usually don't talk with my mouth full.
If I have food that needs cutlery, I'll use cutlery. If it's food that does't need cutlery (like chips, or sometimes chicken, or pizza etc.), then I'll use my fingers.
In my family we only eat at tables if we go up to gran's for a B;day/christmas dinner. If we go there I try to not talk with my mouth full and use a fork and knife. I think people who lick their fingers after eating something is disgusting. Why can't they go and wash their hands ?
Normally if I eat something like chips I'll use a chip fork I get from a chip shop.
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At home I don't really care, we don't even eat together anymore except on Sundays so it doesn't matter anyway. But when we do it's not like I disregard all manners haha, but it's obviously different from being in a restaurant or being a guest at someone else's house.
I don't know anyone who eats really loudly. I can't talk with food in my mouth. It's just something I don't do. At the cafe one time, I made a conscious effort to see if anyone around me was eating impolitely. Maybe at home, but definitely not in public places. Image matters.
Though I seldom eat at a dining table (oh, I guess that's one thing in itself), I would usually rest my elbows on one. If people would find that objectional, they're simply not being reasonable. Table manners are just that: idiosyncratic mannerisms made endemic to entire cultures.
Apparently not. When I'm on the phone with people and I'm chewing something, I always ask them if they can hear me chewing and they say that they can't. So I guess I don't chew like a cow, which is a huge relief to me and more than I can say for the rest of my immediate family.