Pinkie Pointing While Drinking Tea

There are guides to this and that, books for dummies by the shelf full, 101 ways to do this thing or the other, but nowhere have my humans found a book, web site, or even a single article just for those of you who point your pinkies while drinking tea. Time for this little teapot to step up and rectify that situation.

Ignore Those Know-It-All Etiquette Overlords

There are dozens and dozens of sites out there claiming to know what proper tea etiquette, including whether or not to point your pinky, consists of. (One thing is certain: I just ended that sentence in a preposition, but it’s less awkward sounding than the correct way.) They claim that pinkie pointing is a way for those of inferior breeding to look like the elites.

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Supposedly, pinkie pointing was done by the aristocracy for various reasons (I’ve seen everything from saving their pinkies to stir spices into their foods – ugh! – to giving a “come hither” sign by one of those dainty aristocratic ladies to the lord, chamberlain, or page boy that caught her eye). Many claim it is a natural action, but that is up for debate. I say do whichever you please and tell the naysayers to go chase after that mom who let her kid eat that bug he/she found crawling around on that jungle gym at the playground.

Choose the Full versus the Demi Pinkie Point

We all have our own personality – or should I say personaliTEA? – and so we have to choose our own style of pointing that pinkie. The more gregarious among you will want to engage in the full pinkie point. That pinkie will be extended all the way out and at a bold, “in your face” angle. Those around you will be well-advised to keep a safe distance lest they get a poke in the eye as you raise up that cuppa for a sip.

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How NOT to Use That Pinkie

While the mavens of etiquette squabble over class distinctions and rudeness, I will bring up a few practical “do nots” about pinkies.

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Respect your pinkie, whether you decide to point it while raising that cup or not!

See also: 18 Faux Pas at Tea Time.

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