50 Little Etiquette Rules You Should Always Practice

These tips will help you mind your manners.

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When to start eating:

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If you're seated at a table with eight or fewer guests, wait until everyone is served and for the hostess to begin eating before you dig in. At a long banquet table, it's OK to start when several people are seated and served. These are little etiquette rules to follow when you're a guest in someone's house.

What to keep off the table:

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All items not having to do with food (and decoration) should remain off the table: keys, clutch bags, sunglasses, and especially phones.

When to text:

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"If you're in a situation where you'd excuse yourself to go to the bathroom, you should also excuse yourself before reaching for your phone," writes Farhad Manjoo on slate.com. These are the most annoying texting habits, according to science.

What to do if you're not drinking wine:

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Don't make a big deal of saying you don't drink. Simply place your fingertips on the rim of the glass and say "Not today, thanks." This implies no judgment of those who wish to imbibe.

How to talk on speakerphone:

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Don't use a speakerphone unless you're in your office and holding a meeting that's being attended by someone remotely. Alert the person you're speaking with that others are present, close the door, and definitely don't be a chatterbox while you talk. FYI: Using speakerphone at full volume to go through your voice mailbox is the definition of annoying.

How to open the door for someone else:

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It doesn't matter the gender of either.

How to handle the work kitchen microwave

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Come on. And it's a good idea to not to microwave this stuff either.

Here's some basic airport etiquette:

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And once on board, stow your stuff and get out of the aisle quickly. When claiming your baggage, don't crowd the carousel. Step forward only when you see your bag. And stop making these airport mistakes before your next flight.

How to behave in an elevator:

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You should also hold the doors for others before you board.

Here's basic email etiquette:

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If all you have to say in your email reply is "Thanks!" refrain from sending it. You're just clogging an inbox. Refrain from these other annoying email habits, too.

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