18 Etiquette Rules We Don’t Realize We’re Breaking

You may consider yourself to be a polite person, but we bet you never thought that even the amount of food you leave on your plate says a lot about you. The way you pass the salt and even the way you wear your handbag have etiquette rules!

Bright Side breaks down 18 etiquette rules for you that you might not have considered, to help make you look more refined than a British nanny.

1. You don’t leave one bite on your plate.

2. You make eye contact when sipping your beverage.

3. You announce that you’re going to the restroom.

4. You don’t answer RSVP invitations within 24 hours.

5. You wear your handbag on your right side, not leaving your right arm free for shaking hands and socializing.

6. You snap at servers when dining out, instead of waving at them in a friendly manner.

7. You don’t use utensils in the correct order because you’re not following the “outside-in” rule.

1. Salad Fork

2. Fish Fork

3. Dinner Fork

4. Napkin

5. Butter Knife

6. Bread Plate

7. Dessert Spoon

8. Dessert Fork

9. Place Card

10. Salad Plate

11. Soup Bowl

12. Service Plate

13. Salad Knife

14. Meat Knife

15. Fish Knife

16. Soup Spoon

17. Tea Spoon

18. Seafood Fork

19. Water Goblet

20. Champagne Flute

21. Red Wine Glass

22. White Wine Glass

23. Sherry Glass

8. You pass the salt without the pepper.

9. You clink glasses during a toast. Just drink!

10. You gag your coworkers and friends with perfume.

11. You don’t re-rack/reset the equipment at the gym after using it.

12. You discuss important things over the phone, via text, or by email, instead of having a face-to-face conversation.

13. You point with your index finger.

14. You hold people hostage on one-sided phone conversations.

15. You block escalators and don’t let people off trains, elevators, and so on, before you get on.

16. You swipe left or right when someone is showing you a picture on their phone.

17. You over-share on social media.

18. You greet people with the “dead fish” handshake, instead of having a strong, confident grip.


18 Etiquette Rules We Don’t Realize We’re Breaking


Which of these rules were you breaking? Do you know any more etiquette rules we should be adding to this list? Help us appear more charming by writing them in the comments!

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