How To Eat It: Chicken

Posted on Mar 25 2011 - 6:00am by RetroRuth


Remember: Don’t lift your elbows to eat chicken!


From Everyday Etiquette, 1956

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  1. Emily Catherine March 25, 2011 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    The only way I think I could look LESS polite when eating bone-in chicken is by trying to use a fork and knife to do it!

    • RetroRuth March 30, 2011 at 8:42 am - Reply

      I know! Wild, huh?

  2. Shay March 27, 2011 at 2:15 am - Reply

    I went through OCS with a very proper young woman from Boston (none of us could figure out why she’d joined the Marines. The Navy would have been a lot more ladylike) who had never, ever eaten chicken with her fingers.

    • RetroRuth March 30, 2011 at 8:42 am - Reply

      Ha, Shay!

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