Dear Annie: My middle-aged confirmed bachelor brother-in-law is a frequent and welcome dinner guest at our house. Lately, when no one is here but his brother and me, he’s begun cleaning his plate with his finger and then licking his finger. Sometimes he just licks his plate.
He is a dear. He’s also sensitive and easily hurt. I’m reluctant to say anything that might drive him away, and my husband doesn’t want to mention it, either. But this unwelcome attention to the last drops of his food makes my stomach churn. I’m hoping that if you print this, he’ll take the hint — and maybe other food lovers will examine their etiquette, as well. — Grossed Out in Georgia