Etiquette Friday – Elbows on the TableBy Angela Marshall, 15th Mar 2013
I continue my quest from 2012, when each Friday you join me in my campaign to change “Casual Friday” to “Etiquette Friday” and to encourage people and companies to get involved. Hopefully my messages have reminded you to make some small changes, and that people will be more considerate to others and more aware of their manners. The goal in turn will create a more pleasant and positive society.
Elbows on the Table
As part of good dining manners it is important to sit up straight at the table and to make sure that your elbows do not rest on the table or for you to lean on them when eating.
Reason for Elbows not to be on the Table
It may be a rule of etiquette not to put your elbows on the dining table, but is there a reason for this?
5 Good reasons:
- It can block other people from being able to reach items on the table.
- It blocks the view of other people seeing other guests
- It can take up space from other people
- You are more likely to knock something over.
- When your elbows are on the table, your spine is bent forward, your ribs are pushed inwards and your stomach is squeezed between the two. This is bad for your digestion.
It may be acceptable at the end of a meal when everyone is just relaxing and chatting.