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Top 3 Outdated Etiquette Rules

Learn the top three outdated etiquette rules from manners expert Faye de Muyshondt in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Faye de Muyshondt from Social Sklz. I've been dubbed the Emily Post of the modern era and with that said, I want to share three out dated etiquette rules. Number one, people always ask me about asparagus.

For some reason, etiquette books of the past. All said that you could eat asparagus with your fingers. I say don't do it. I can't imagine being at a really formal dinner and starting to eat my asparagus with my fingers. I don't understand why it's okay to eat asparagus with your fingers and why it's okay, and why it's not okay to eat green beans with your fingers, just for example? So, I say asparagus should never be eaten with your fingers.

So, make that off the list of your etiquette dos. Number two, in the days of the past in the old Emily Post books and the E. E. Vanderbilt books, they all say that a man should do the ordering at dinner. I say, don't do the ordering gentlemen, its offensive to a lot of women. It's taking chivalry one step too far in our modern world. It's always lovely to do nice gestures for anyone, whether it be for a man for a woman, whether it be a woman doing it for a man or a man doing it for a woman.

But blowing the ordering for someone is taking it one step too far. In the etiquette books of the past, there was this rule that you should never wear white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day. So the only window of time of wearing white, particularly white pants was between Memorial Day and Labor Day. I say that rule has also gone out the window. We are in a very modern world, we are in a very trendy hip fashionable world and white pants fly, summer, winter, spring and fall. Those are just three of the most outdated etiquette rules of the past.

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