Every land has own dining custom, and the United States is no exception.
Americans feel that the first rule of being a polite guest is to be on
time. If a person is invited to dinner at 6:30, the hostess expects him
to be there at 6:30 or not more than a few minutes after. Because he usually
does her own cooking, the times the meal so that the coffee and meat will
be at their best at the time she asks the guest to come. If he is late,
the food will not be so good, and the hostess will be disappointed. When
the guest cannot come on time, he calls his host or hostess on the telephone,
gives the reason, and tells at what time he thinks he can come.
As guests continue to arrive, the men in the group stand when a woman enters
and remain standing until she has fund a chair. A man always rises when
he is being introduced to a woman. A woman does not rise when she is being
introduced either to a man or a woman unless the woman is much older.
When the guests sit down at a dinner table, it is customary for the men
to help the badies by pushing their chairs under them.
Even an American may be confused by the number of knives, forks, and spoons
beside his plate when he sits down to a formal dinner. The rule is simple,
however: Use them in the order in which they lie, beginning from the outside.
Or watch the hostess and do what she does. The small fork on the outside
on the left is for salad, which is often served with the soup. The spoon
on the outside at the right is for soup, and so on. Sometimes there is
a separate little knife, called a butter spreader, on a small bread-and-butter
plate at the left. As the bread is passed, each guest puts his piece on
the bread-and-butter plate.
1. The United States is no exception 美国也不例外。 exception 指“例外”。
2. at their best处于最佳状态。这里指准备的食品味道最鲜美。
3. remain standing保持站立姿势。
4. Use them in the order on which they lie, beginning from the outside据放置的顺序使用刀叉，从外面开始拿起。