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Because You Are Polite

by Ginger Philbrick

When in friendly conversation, I am frequently asked what the etiquette is for this or that. Such interest spurs me to offer a brief pop quiz on some of the basics of good manners. I am herewith challenging you, faithful readers, to score 100 on the following true or false test.

Application of lipstick at the meal table is acceptable.

“Emergency” filing of a broken nail is acceptable at the table if done just above one’s lap and below the table top.

Eyeglasses, and eyeglasses only, may be placed beside one’s plate at the meal table.

Gristle or other unwanted matter may be removed from your mouth with your fingers.

Cell phones are delightful additions to any meal table.

A thank-you note is not obligatory, if you have opened the gift in the giver’s presence.

Name tags should be worn on the left shoulder.

If a hostess asks you to begin eating before she is seated, you should honor her request.

Answers: true, false, false, true, false, true, false, true.

If you scored 100, congratulations! If you would like to know more about these answers or any facet of good manners, please email me at the address below.

Ginger Philbrick is the owner of Because You Are Polite LLC. You are invited to email your manners questions to her and she will respond as time and space allow. You may contact her at

Rappahannock Record Staff
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