by Mindy Lockard on April 14, 2009

Bowl of soup

Yesterday, a funny little message came across my twitter feed- it was a conversation between one of my tweeps that made mention of “asking @monthlymanner”, my twitter pen name.   I tried and tried to whip-up a witty response twitter sytle -in 140 characters or less – but simply couldn’t.  So here is my answer!

To slurp or not to slurp, that is the question. Before I start, I want to make it very clear that I know there are areas of the world where it’s appropriate to slurp, and that slurping is a must when suffering from a cold -it’s inevitable that someone reading this has one of these arguments so let’s just get it out of the way.  My education is U.S. focused and it’s the standard by which I write this post.   I hope those playing devils advocate will understand!

Here’s my Slurpy Answer!

In the privacy of your home (unless children are present, please I beg of you) you may slurp, lap, pick-up and drink, or dive-in and do the back stroke.  It’s your prerogative.  The only downside to this is that our homes are the practice ground for public behavior.  So, when we do take our soup skills to the general public our dining partners may not jump at the chance to help us dry off from a soupy swim!

Out and About  In my opinion slurping soup is very onesided.  It’s fun to make the sound; it’s not as fun to hear someone else making the sound.  I’ll admit, I’m one of those people who is extra sensitive to the noise. I have bionic hearing and can pinpoint a slurp from rooms away, just ask Ty.  

When we are in the presence of others our true spirit comes out.  Our willingness to sacrifice, for the sake of others, our desire to feel and hear liquid between our lips is the heart of good manners!

As I step off my Soup Box, I leave you with this…

As ships go out to sea, I spoon my soup away from me!    

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Michele 04.15.09 at 6:46 am

There is a fascinating collection of snippets on soup etiquette at one of my favorite websites, Soupsong.

“Good manners: The noise you don’t make when you’re eating soup.”
–Bennet Cerf, 20th century American humorist

My ears may not be as sensitive as yours to the slurping of liquids. I’m more likely to be visually irritated by people who slouch down nearly to the level of the soup bowl before spooning its contents into their faces.

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