Keeping the belching to yourself
Tatiana Ayazo /rd.com, Shutterstock Letting out a giant burp after a meal in China and Taiwan would be seen as the highest form of compliment, but not so if you were dining in Victorian England. They would be appalled if you let out even the tiniest belch. In fact, it could mean social ruin. And don’t even think about letting one rip, any form of passing gas would be beyond social redemption. These are the rude manners that are actually polite in other countries.
Call the fashion police
Tatiana Ayazo /rd.com, Shutterstock Crop tops and sweatpants were certainly not dinner attire back during Queen Victoria’s reign. Dressing for meals remained very much a ritual for the upper class even after her death in 1901. Of course, it took some work to get ready to dine like a lady or gentleman. Like having their own personal stylists, maids and butlers would assist with everything from picking evening gowns to accessories. No maid or butler worth their salt would let their charge show up looking like a vagabond.