Q: My brother has told me before that it is improper to rest one’s elbows on the table while dining. I often put my elbows on the table, is doing this considered to be poor manners?
A: It is incorrect to put your elbows on the table while eating. When no utensils are being used, putting your elbows on the table while leaning forward a bit during a conversation shows that you’re listening intently. However, using your elbows to prop yourself up while dining is not proper.