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Last Piece of Food

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What do you call the last serving of food on a plate — the one everyone’s too embarrassed to reach for? That last piece has been variously known as the mannersbit or manners piece, a reference to the fact that it’s considered polite to not empty a plate, assuring the hosts that they provided sufficient fare. In Spanish, the last remaining morsel that everyone’s too bashful to take is called la vergüenza, or “the shame.” This is part of a complete episode.

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  • i know this is an old thread but if it helps we call it the “Dyahe” piece in Philippines.

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