Sunday, February 28, 2010

Quote of the Week: Eating with Fingers

“Be careful not to be the first to put your hands in the dish. What you cannot hold in your hands you must put on your plate. Also it is a great breach of etiquette when your fingers are dirty and greasy, to bring them to your mouth in order to lick them, or to clean them on your jacket. It would be more decent to use the tablecloth.”

—Desiderius Erasmus, “Treatise on Manners,” 1530

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