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Why is it considered rude to burp in public? It's largely involuntary and better for one's health than holding all that gas in.

closed as too broad by BKlassen, scohe001, Rainbacon, Upper_Case-Stop Harming Monica, Tinkeringbell Jun 7 at 16:22

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    @ConfusedHuman Questions are not required to be about how to interact with other people. The help center specifically mentions questions about "the written and unwritten - but well-established and expected - rules or conventions of behavior in a specific setting (also called etiquette)." as being on topic here. That being said, the current post is asking 4 different questions, which makes it quite broad. – Rainbacon Jun 7 at 15:42
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    @Thomas I think it's likely that this question will get closed as being too broad. It would probably be beneficial for you to focus your question on just one of the things you are asking. The most on-topic one would probably be about the etiquette of burping. – Rainbacon Jun 7 at 15:45
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    This question probably needs a country (or similar) tag, as the etiquette around belching and reactions to it are largely cultural. – Dave Sherohman Jun 7 at 15:46
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    This question seems on-topic enough, but I think that it's likely unanswerable. "Rudeness" is usually a broad social consensus following an arbitrary distinction. "Because enough people think so to matter" is the proximate answer to this question, but is also useless. And actual provenance of that prevailing opinion seems difficult, if not impossible, to track down and support. – Upper_Case-Stop Harming Monica Jun 7 at 15:53
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    I cast the last vote, because like Dave rightfully remarks this really needs a culture tag. I'm also curious what prompted this question... – Tinkeringbell Jun 7 at 16:23
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Largely cultural and country specific, but I'd say pople tend to dislike it because of the smell it might make, as well as the noise, which can be quite loud. The same is true for farts and cleaning out the nose, at least in Brazil.

Luckily, you have a bit more control when burping than the others, so you can turn your head down and make sure to cover your mouth, so that the smell won't spread too much, and apologize afterwards. I don't burp often, but by doing this I've never met anyone that genuinely reprimanded me and even though it is not your fault and something that arguably you shouldn't need to apologize for, apologizing makes it clear that you didn't mean to do it on purpose.

This is basically what Maralee McKee, an etiquette expert says.

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    I think that this is a reasonable, even likely, guess, but it's totally speculative. If you're aware of any backup from an etiquette manual or expert, particularly older ones, adding references would improve this answer. – Upper_Case-Stop Harming Monica Jun 7 at 16:40
  • Added culture and reference. – ConfusedHuman Jun 7 at 19:05
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    The second paragraph and reference seem to be about "What is the etiquette for politely burping in public?", which is a helpful aside, but not an answer to the question as currently written. – Em C Jun 7 at 20:00

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