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Asked • 05/21/19

When did it become accepted to tilt your soup bowl in the US?

My mother and I are having a bit of an argument. Emily Post, my cotillion training, and the internet at large agree: if you want the last bit of soup, you tilt the bowl away from you. My mother disagrees (born 1953, her mother 1921, her mother 1891). She claims it's a Victorian etiquette rule, but I can't find anything that confirms nor denies this. Is there a set point (or etiquette publication) when tilting your soup bowl became accepted? Is there a similar record of it being denounced?

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