The no-good, terrible, horrible, very bad table manners
May 8, 2009 7:03 AM Subscribe
My boyfriend has really terrible table manners. What can I do to fix this?
posted by anonymous to Food & Drink (50 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
(posting anon because I believe he also reads metafilter and knows my username)
My boyfriend of 2 years has very bad table manners. He tends to inhale his food, takes multiple bites of things at any given time, tears into hunks of meat or pieces of bread. Sometimes he'll lick his butter knife clean of sauce/jam. He'll use his fingers to wipe up bits of butter/jam/soup/sauce/grease and then licks them clean.
It bothers me, though not a great deal for the most part - if we're at home, I'm fine with it and really just don't care. However, we've recently been eating at more upscale places with people and this sort of thing is kind of embarrassing. He restrains himself a LITTLE when we're at these places (especially once I give him the eye) but he honestly doesn't think there's much wrong with his table habits.
I've mentioned it to him and offered to explain etiquette to him, but again, he feels he doesn't need it. He thinks he's doing okay. But I cringe when I see him lick jam from his butter knife or shove half a biscuit into his mouth.
So please help me think of some better ways to explain to him that yes, his table manners are bad, and he needs to change him. Some way to prove to him that they're not good. Or just some suggestions on how to keep him reigned in when we're out to dinner. I do practice good table etiquette in hopes that he will mimic, but it hasn't happened yet.