PR Random Rants: Table Manners

I have shared meals and delicious snacks with quite a few people through the years, therefore, I have a mental list created of people I don’t enjoy eating with.

Them:   Hey..wanna grab lunch?

Me:   Um, ya know?  I just ate – maybe coffee?

Is it acceptable to tell a grown adult to chew with their mouth closed? Were some people not taught this as children? It’s not the sight of it – I am very capable of looking away – it’s the sloppy noise. I grew up at a dinner table my elbows were not allowed on, and if I was smacking my food a parental figure or one of my older siblings had something to say about it, and for that I am grateful.

Taking excessive bites is also concerning…

Maybe it’s because I’m a dainty, classy lady (bahaha) but I enjoy being able to taste my food. People make it nearly impossible to chew functionally because their food is protruding past their lips trying to escape. Can they taste the food amidst trying to reel it in? It’s disgusting.

Talking with a mouth full of food? How about that…?

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I wonder if people believe it will be less gross if they open their mouths and with their food-coated tongue, shove all the half-chewed food over to one side of their cheek making it bulge. It doesn’t. It’s worse, and it gives me the indication that more grossness is to follow.

Okay, so we have covered chewing with mouths open, monstrous bites, talking with food in your mouth – which leaves one thing that really agitates me.

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Metal silverware makes a really dreadful noise when scratched carelessly on glass dishes. I know this, you know this – there are ways to prevent it and I wish more people took those measures.

Now, with all that being said…

I’m not perfect. I have some bad eating habits; I would prefer to be alone while I eat Ramen for instance. It’s not pretty and I don’t pretend it is. It’s not food that I feel I want to spend a lot of time working on so, I twirl as much as I feel I want to eat, shove it in my mouth, and not so delicately chew off the remaining.

Pretty much exactly like this…

I do this alone so no one has to watch and then go write a blog about how nasty watching people eat is, because I would expect it, and wouldn’t be in the least bit offended.

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