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My butler confirms that this is the correct way to use cutlery. NEVER hold a knife like a pencil! I’ve seen young whippersnappers holding a fork vertically by intertwining it between their fingers! What is the world coming to!

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Some hold the knife like a pen, but most hold them as you describe. But who cares? and who decided what is the correct etiquette?

Anyway surely the hold changes depending on what is being eaten.

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And peas! Never turn your fork over and use your knife to push them on. Peas should be speared on the tines of the fork in small groups. Ye Gods! I’d be at table all day! I just lean back, open my mouth and good old Jeeves shovels ‘em in with a spoon!

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Sat around a table of 14 lads having breakfast in the Portobello Lounge before the Forest V Derby game, if you had mentioned table etiquette you'd had got a smack in the gob.

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We too decided that it depended on what was being eaten. There are certain social conventions on eating though and I wondered how they developed. Our cats refuse to use their cutlery!

 

My Scottish friend, who was a GP, ate his peas from off his knife. Is this a custom North of the border?

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I occasionally forget i have ''Essential Tremor'' in my left hand..........and whatever is on the Fork tends to fly thru the air'' with the greatest of Ease............and a drink goes anywhere.........lol

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He must have had a steady hand, or took a long time to finish dinner. One thing I don't do is combine food on the fork i.e. a bit of potato, some peas etc.

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1 hour ago, philmayfield said:

We were discussing over breakfast today the correct way to hold a knife and a fork. Etiquette says that they should both be held with the index finger on top of the handle. Does everyone here do this? 

Oh! of course we always use our cutlery this way. I wouldn't dare not to!

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Cake forks are what people give you for wedding presents. You then pass them on at the next wedding you attend. We used to gets lots of sets of Waterford Crystal over the years from our Irish subsidiary as Christmas gifts. Them came in very handy to pass on as wedding and anniversary presents!

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1 hour ago, Brew said:

He must have had a steady hand, or took a long time to finish dinner. One thing I don't do is combine food on the fork i.e. a bit of potato, some peas etc.

He did practice minor surgery at the QMC. The skill must have been useful.

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I much prefer a surgeon who knows what he's about rather than one  needing  practice..  :P

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Don't get me going on how the Americans use cutlery...

I had to spend a few weeks in Cleveland OH working with an IT team there a few years ago, absolute nightmare watching them cut the food up!

Oh yeah, we do use a cake fork here, dead posh now...

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I’m embarrassed watching our youngest son eat.  He’s a well-educated lad and was taught and encouraged by us to use cutlery in the proper manner.  Since leaving home 20+ years ago he’s been married (briefly)  to an American girl and also spent more time overseas, particularly the Caribbean and Africa, than he’s been in this country.  I’d love to comment on the way he shovels his food in using his fork the wrong way round, but at 42 years of age I think he might tell me where to get off!

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On 2/2/2022 at 7:42 PM, philmayfield said:

We were discussing over breakfast today the correct way to hold a knife and a fork. Etiquette says that they should both be held with the index finger on top of the handle. Does everyone here do this? 

Does one apply the same etiquette when eating beans on toast ???

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