11 Manners from the Past That Our Parents Taught Us

Adults were not keen to look the other way back then.

5) Keep Your Utensils to Yourself

Never use your own spoon for the sugar or your own knife for the butter! This was once considered extremely rude and unsanitary, not to mention that it could make the butter or jam spoil quicker.

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4) Guests First

Guests get passed the food first, and get to go first in many other situations as well. It’s an honor to host them and that was shown in how they were treated.

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3) Eat What’s on Your Plate

There was a time when you simply ate what as on your plate without complaint. There was no arguing on this point and there was certainly no dessert unless the dinner plate was emptied.

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2) Don’t Reach in Front of People

We were taught to never reach in front of people at the table to get something. By extension, they should help you to reach something if it’s coming down the table so that you don’t have to reach in front of them. It was only common courtesy.

Via/ State Archives of Florida

1) Wait Patiently

Some people even believe it’s bad manners to blow on your food to cool it and that waiting until the food cools naturally shows great restraint at the table!

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