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What side of the place setting do I set the dinner knife and what direction does the sharp side need to be facing?
Place the dinner knife directly to the right of the plate, with sharp edge facing the plate. In medieval times, if you had the sharp side facing your neighbor that meant that you were ready to do harm to him or her.
Where do I put my napkin when I want to excuse myself from the dinner table?
Place your napkin on the chair seat or arm when excusing yourself during the meal as it is not appropriate to place a soiled napkin on the table while people are still eating. At the completion of a meal, carefully place the napkin at the left of your place setting or if the plates have been cleared, place the napkin in the center without actually refolding to its original state.
Who pays the bill when dining out?
When entertaining a guest, such as going out for dinner or cocktails, the person who extended the invitation (regardless of gender) is responsible for paying the bill.
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