Personal Support: When can I put my elbows on the table while dining?

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.

One Comment

  1. Ruth Peltier

    My Grandfather taught me this:

    Ruthy Ruthy strong and able,
    Get your elbows off the table.
    This is not a horse’s stable,
    but a high class dining table.

    I think it originated at Boy Scout camp.
    He was an active Boy Scout leader right up intil his death at 93.

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