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7 British Etiquette Rules Americans Need to Adopt

Reader's Digest Logo By Marissa Laliberte of Reader's Digest | Slide 3 of 7: Where do you put your silverware when you’re done eating at a restaurant? In the United States, proper etiquette is to leave it diagonally on your plate, like the 10:20 position on a clock, says Schweitzer. The problem is, unlike in the United Kingdom, where practically everyone leaves utensils angled like the hour hand at 4:30, Americans tend to leave their forks and knives lying any which way. Every country has its own end-of-meal utensil placement etiquette—some leave them at an angle, while others leave straight up and down—and none is better than the other, says Schweitzer. Just make sure set your silverware in a spot that looks 'done.' That way, a server and your fellow diners can tell you’re finished. If you think these British etiquette rules seem overly fancy, wait till you read the etiquette rules the British royal family has to follow.

Lay your silverware down nicely

Where do you put your silverware when you’re done eating at a restaurant? In the United States, proper etiquette is to leave it diagonally on your plate, like the 10:20 position on a clock, says Schweitzer. The problem is, unlike in the United Kingdom, where practically everyone leaves utensils angled like the hour hand at 4:30, Americans tend to leave their forks and knives lying any which way. Every country has its own end-of-meal utensil placement etiquette—some leave them at an angle, while others leave straight up and down—and none is better than the other, says Schweitzer. Just make sure set your silverware in a spot that looks 'done.' That way, a server and your fellow diners can tell you’re finished. If you think these British etiquette rules seem overly fancy, wait till you read the etiquette rules the British royal family has to follow.
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