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 1.  If standing, you must lift the saucer with the teacup when drinking.
 If seated, you can simply pick up the cup.
 2.  Pinkies should not be extended (despite what everyone wants to
 believe.)
 3.  A teacup is not held with both hands. Rather you slip your index
 finger through the handle and placing your thumb on the top of
 the handle. 
 4.  Do not lift a tea cup while wearing gloves.
 5.  No making music! Gently swish your spoon back and forth in the
 middle of the cup.
 6.  Do not leave your spoon in the cup, but place it on the saucer
 behind the cup, preferably with the handle of the spoon facing the
 same direction as the hand of the cup.
 7.  Do not swirl the tea in your cup.
 8.  A cup of tea is not meant to be a thirst quencher or a means to
 wash down bites of food; it is to be sipped. (This can prove difficult
 if you've been served a very dry scone!)
 9.  No looking at others over your teacup. Look into the cup as you
 drink.
10. Fill teacups only 3/4 full.
11.  If you've been given a tea bag and not a small plate or saucer to
  put your used tea bag upon, it is appropriate to ask for one.
  Putting wet tea bag on your saucer will only cause you troublesome
  dripping a few moments down the road.
12.  Regarding the milk or tea first controversy - according to current
  American etiquette - it's the tea.
13.  Use milk sparingly at the tea table, or as Victorian mothers
  were said to admonish their daughters, "You might be taken for
  the daughter of a dairy maid."
  And lastly! When toasting, one does not actually clink the teacups (or any glasses for that matter). This was done in the Middle Ages to spill a bit of what had been poured into your cup into another's so you could be sure you were not being poisoned. Unless you find yourself at a surreal Agatha Christie murder mystery/tea, no clinking of  cups!

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On January 8th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC), sarhaclembys replied:
I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
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On January 12th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC), moonacidyue commented:
So if you're choking on your scone, you can't drink your tea? XD Sorry, but I would drink mine, personally. XD Choking kinda sucks that way.
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On January 13th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC), sarhaclembys replied:
I think some exceptions could be made.
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On January 20th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC), lilyoftheshadow commented:
Oh, thank you for these! Very interesting, I only vaguely knew some of them.

The tidbit about clinking glasses together in the middle ages was something I had never heard before--quite curious.

Does anyone else have the urge to have a murder mystery party, now?
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On January 21st, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC), vivcore commented:
I love things like this, I just finally completed my tea set and hoping to have people over soon for a big tea party. I wonder how many people will watch out for things like this?
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On January 22nd, 2008 01:47 am (UTC), sarhaclembys replied:
Perhaps you could hand these tips out on pretty paper. Your guests might be just as interested to read them.
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On January 25th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC), vivcore replied:
that might be fun, you could print them out onto pretty little cards and have them resting on the plates, or saucers at each setting. That way people can have a look whilst things get going.
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