People at the dinner table can gather at times the most different. And it depends on the behavior of each of them in which key the conversation will go - benevolent or scandalous, polite and intelligent or frivolous. However, there are general rules for conducting a conversation at the table, observing which you can be considered a pleasant interlocutor and cultured person in any company.
Never talk at the table about diseases, medicines, hospitals, and even more so - about death, funerals and cemeteries. For many people, these delicate topics are extremely unpleasant, so their appetite and desire to communicate will disappear instantly.
It is also unacceptable to talk about spiders, cockroaches and other insects, rats, mold, fungi and in general about all the unpleasant representatives of flora and fauna. The fact is that many people have various phobias, sometimes without even knowing it - for example, arachnophobia (fear of spiders), insectophobia (fear of insects), verminophobia (fear of bacteria, germs, infection), etc. It is unlikely that a person will want to communicate with you after you have caused him negative emotions, bordering on mental disorders.
You should not talk too much about yourself, even if you think it should be very interesting to everyone. Excessive personal information can look like boastfulness or narcissism, and this causes rejection among others. You should also not flaunt your competence in art, technology or any other field: firstly, this is again boasting, and secondly, you can get yourself into a mess, unexpectedly bumping into an even more competent person.
It is categorically contraindicated to declare your political views while sitting at a table and having a friendly conversation - there are other places and reasons for this. It is not at all necessary that everyone sitting next to you share your point of view on what is happening in the country and in the world, and this can lead to an argument that turns into a fierce conflict.
It is very unpleasant when someone from those present lets out barbs at another person or ridicules his demeanor at the table. It is also not good to discuss and criticize mutual acquaintances who are currently absent from your company. In general, a disrespectful tone or insults towards someone cast a shadow primarily on the speaker himself and translate him into the category of an ill-mannered brawler. Only a positive attitude and respect for each other can contribute to a pleasant pastime in the company at the table.