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 Post subject: Re: KNIFE AND FORK...
New postPosted: January 10th, 2018, 10:37 am 
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Sharkys Pal wrote:

Another thing on this topic. It really bugs me when I see someone eating by piling food in the back side of their down-turned fork - particularly peas. Engineer's mind, too logical. :?


this makes me wonder if the fork was originally intended to be used this way. I find turning it tines up so that it is sort of a spoon makes sense, but does anyone know the history here?


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 Post subject: Re: KNIFE AND FORK...
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...And I "speak" not with a forked tongue -- and my tongue is not in my cheeks -- I heard this on a radio station while motoring thru Alabama -- Holy Tallulah Bankhead Tunnel, Batman! -- on my way to Florida: A Pop/R&B station was playing a bluesy number called something like 'If It Wasn't For Bad Luck. I'd Have No Luck At All,' and the DJ wagged in at the end of the tune with something like 'Yeah, I know what he means; sometimes, my luck is so bad that if it was raining soup, I'd get caught with a fork!' "Heee!" See, Y'awll made me Heee.

Now this never happened to me, but I often heard of some days, circa those Old Plantation days, that proper gents and genteel women would cross the fork over the knife to signal to servers that they were done eating. In some circles, failure to do so was, well, considered quite gauchè.


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