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    Default Re: Wish you Good Apetite

    If I had known that this question were to crop up, I would have paid more attention to a recent quiz programme on Italian TV about etiquette. I surely remember this one: when you're invited to dinner you may take a bottle of wine, a box of chocolates or a book but NOT flowers. Flowers are to be sent on the following day accompanied by a Thank You note. I remember this one because I had chosen (a) a bottle of wine which could perhaps have meant that you don't trust your host's tastes with regard to wine.

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    Isn't etiquette a little bit like grammar? Do you have to follow the rules because they're written in golden letters, or is common sense more powerful?
    When I'm invited, if I bring a bottle of wine and it doesn't match the food, it's just put aside until the next invitation, or for other people to share. Most of the time, it's drunk though, before, or after the meal.
    But flowers are always appreciated by women, and they gladly turn a blind eye on outdated snobbish conventions...

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    But in this way, Alain, you get the wine AND the flowers!!!

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    Default Re: Wish you Good Apetite

    You could bring some choccies too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    But in this way, Alain, you get the wine AND the flowers!!!
    I must admit you've got a point there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    You could bring some choccies too.
    Thanks for the "choccies": this is the kind of word I would hesitate to use myself, but if Tdol says so, it's guaranted 100% natural English. One of my sons and I suffer from the same acute eating disorder, Nutella gravissima

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    Default Re: Wish you Good Apetite

    You're all invited to dinner chez moi!

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