Hey blessed people, lets chat about what most people would always say “Abegi, this is Naija, we don’t need these rules”
Etiquettes! Etiquettes! Etiquettes! All about Etiquettes, but, do we really know what Etiquette is?
Wikipedia defines it as:
A code of behavior, which delineates expectations for social behavior according to contemporary conventional norms within a society, social class or group. (Note, “Delineate”, means ‘Define’ or ‘Describe’)
British English Dictionary defines it as:
The set of rules or customs which control accepted behavior in a particular social group or social situations.
Abike( Mua), defines it as:
The ethical conduct, adopted in a particular environment, that makes one stand out unique from the usual crowd, and allows one fit into most social, informal and formal gatherings, which in return is applaudable.
So, you are asked to represent your company at a corporate dinner, or you on a contract discussion over dinner, in a calm lovely environ, and everything goes wrong at the table, like not knowing which hand is for the fork or the knife.
Well, I’m sure some are saying right now, “Abegi, this na western jare, I don’t need rules jare, I’m gonna be myself and use any tool that comes my way”. Hmmm! You can never be sure when you would need some rules, people.
My elder brother always say; “Know little of everything and not necessarily all, so you can fit into most things”.
It’s simple, but, there are rules we break when it comes to Dinner, so let’s chat about Dinning Etiquettes. I will split them into numbered rules, so, it’s easy to understand and take note.
Rule 1: Take a smile, do some warm greetings, and talk less. The simplest is, Fork on the left and knife on the right.
Rule 2: You hosting guests?
Know that Food is served from the left, and cleared from the right
Rule 3: You approach the chair from the left to take a sit, and sit with a straight back
Rule 4: Food is passed around the table clockwise, which means the left side
Rule 5: Don’t stretch over someone to get something. Ask the person nearest to you to pass it
Rule 6: Always maintain eye contact when eating
Rule 7: Don’t use toothpick at the table, or chew with your mouth opened or making sounds “yark”
Rule 8: Don’t rest your elbows on the table or your forearms
Rule 9: Don’t put your cell phones, handbags, or any other item on the table
Rule 10: My blessed Ladies!, Don’t apply make-up at the dining table, or any where public, you’re your office, car etc. Please use the toilet or a powder room or as we call it “the Ladies”, to freshen up
So many rules people, but, that would be it for now.
Abike is a shy lady, so rule 6, hmmm! Not too sure about that, but, I’m doing my best. More rules will follow. Do have a lovely munch.
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