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7 British Etiquette Rules Americans Need to Adopt

Reader's Digest Logo By Marissa Laliberte of Reader's Digest | Slide 2 of 7: To avoid that zigzag eating style, Americans sometimes cut up several pieces of meat before actually eating any. Then, once the fork is in the dominant hand, it’s easy to take a few bites without switching back. But cutting up multiple bites is bad manners, says Schweitzer. 'That’s for children, when you’re three and four years old and your parents help cut your food,' she says. Your food will stay warmer if you keep it in one piece until you’re ready to eat each bite.

Only cut one bite at a time

To avoid that zigzag eating style, Americans sometimes cut up several pieces of meat before actually eating any. Then, once the fork is in the dominant hand, it’s easy to take a few bites without switching back. But cutting up multiple bites is bad manners, says Schweitzer. 'That’s for children, when you’re three and four years old and your parents help cut your food,' she says. Your food will stay warmer if you keep it in one piece until you’re ready to eat each bite.
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