Place your napkin in your lap immediately upon sitting down. Use utensils on the outside first and work your way in with each new course. Food is removed from the mouth in the manner in which it is put into the mouth.

When I broke up with my last girlfriend I received a rather venomous email chastising me for all my personality flaws. One sentence I'll never forget had to do with her opinion about my manners.

When we were dating, this girlfriend used to think it was cute that I wrapped my whole hand around my fork (kinda like a cave man).

But now, in the wake of our breakup, she was holding it against me:"You are an ignorant (learn how to use utensils) bastard."And just the other day, my friend Margaret quipped that I could use some help from Emily Post.

I couldn't argue, considering I didn't know who Emily Post was until I Googled her.

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You will come across as lazy or uneducated The response may be by e-mail or online chat If you respond by e-mail and it is ignored try no more than once more Remember at all times to treat each other with dignity and respect If you are going to respond to an ad - be sure that you match the required criteria before you respond – e.g., age range, description, religion, location, interests and so on Do not respond to an ad if you are not genuinely interested.

First you have the classic: ordering for your date.

Then, you have a number of obnoxious behaviors such as mistreating servers ortrying to be cool by sending wine back even though you're not sure why you did it.

Always be polite and kind, especially if the answer is ‘No’ Never be too busy to respond appropriately Reply as soon as possible. People are individuals, so, personalise your replies Aha, you have received a promising response or two and you are going to reply Start with a friendly greeting End with a friendly goodbye Use gentle humour if it is part of your personality Punctuate your statements with – (smile) (frown) (beaming) (thinking) or :-) Keep it brief, relevant, light, breezy and interesting Allow the communication to flow Do not get personal Do not trifle with anyone’s emotions Allow the friendship time to develop.