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I think eating people while still alive is a trifle discourteous.

But... How can I eat them if I am dead?

You can if you're a zombie. It's pretty much expected of you.
Which leads us to the big existential question - Do Zombies Dream of Titanium Sporks?
 
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I think eating people while still alive is a trifle discourteous.

But... How can I eat them if I am dead?

A question truly unanswerable until one is dead. It's not complicated, just untranslatable.

We have several sets of chopsticks. They work for most everything, 'cept soups and steaks. And pudding.

(and by 'We', I mean 'the dead...')


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Also, nobody has yet mentioned the spork. Wonder tool, or instrument of the devil?


Wonder tool. Obviously.



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I am not good with chopsticks. Honestly, I pretty much get by with a fork. Smile
I try and use chopsticks if we go out to eat and they are provided, but I usually fall back to a knife and fork.
I don't blame the tools. It is obvious that many people are very successful with chopsticks.

edit : Sporks are a novelty at best. More laziness than inovation. Razz


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er yeah. 'cos I'm right handed.

So am I, but the fork still belongs in the left hand, and stays there until the end of the meal. Granma would have kicked my butt if I ever used a fork with my right hand!
(Unless it's a dessert/cake fork. If there is no accompanying other implement, you may use your right hand.)
 
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But... if you're left handed, you'd hold the fork with the right hand and use the left (the most skilled one) for the knife. You would keep the fork on your left hand for taking the piece of whatever you just cut to your mouth.

My question being -what does being left-handed have anything to do with putting the fork in the large or the small piece of stuff?

Ceri -did you have to use your right for the spoon as well? I know people who were trained to be right-handed, but never heard ot 'selective training'.


 
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So am I, but the fork still belongs in the left hand, and stays there until the end of the meal. Granma would have kicked my butt if I ever used a fork with my right hand!
(Unless it's a dessert/cake fork. If there is no accompanying other implement, you may use your right hand.)

But is there any practical reason for this? I try to follow etiquette for the sake of being polite, but I hate doing things for no other purpose than someone declared it so at one time or another.


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I should've clicked on Tis's linked before, nevermind. I really had not understood how this worked.

THAT IS INSANE.


 
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edit : Sporks are a novelty at best. More laziness than inovation. Razz


Blasphemy. They are two things in one and are incredibly useful for eating things like coleslaw. I doubt a spork would be of much use when eating anything very noodley, though.


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edit : Sporks are a novelty at best. More laziness than inovation. Razz


Blasphemy. They are two things in one and are incredibly useful for eating things like coleslaw. I doubt a spork would be of much use when eating anything very noodley, though.

Well there you go... Coleslaw eaters use sporks. I can't think of a better deterrent. Razz


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So am I, but the fork still belongs in the left hand, and stays there until the end of the meal. Granma would have kicked my butt if I ever used a fork with my right hand!
(Unless it's a dessert/cake fork. If there is no accompanying other implement, you may use your right hand.)

But is there any practical reason for this? I try to follow etiquette for the sake of being polite, but I hate doing things for no other purpose than someone declared it so at one time or another.

You're right - mostly, it's just what I learned as "right", like pretty much all etiquette. Granma's folks were pretty upper class, so we learned what she had learned from her Wilhelminian (German equivalent of Victorian/Edwardian) mother.
I have no information to back this up, but I'd say it *is* more practical and looks more elegant if you don't constantly transfer the fork back and forth between your left and right hand. And what do you do with your free left when you're eating with your right? Do you let it slip, rather suggestively, under the table? *le gasp*
 
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I keep the fork in my left hand because it's more efficient. You're saving valuable seconds that you'd waste swapping between hands. That's valuable eating time!


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Plate. Food. Gone.

Foreign objects just get in the way.
 
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That, sir, is one step too many.


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I have no information to back this up, but I'd say it *is* more practical and looks more elegant if you don't constantly transfer the fork back and forth between your left and right hand. And what do you do with your free left when you're eating with your right? Do you let it slip, rather suggestively, under the table? *le gasp*


Is this a question for the weird Americans who do the transfer thing or do you also transfer? I can't tell who does what any more!

I'm told in the UK the polite thing is to hide the hand under the table. I don't know if that's true, but it's what I do, I think because in the school's dining room where we ate there was very little space for lazy arms lying around. The normal thing in Spain is to lay your forearm on the table, elbow off of course, and just rest it there naturally.


 
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I keep the fork in my left hand because it's more efficient. You're saving valuable seconds that you'd waste swapping between hands. That's valuable eating time!

My point exactly! Big Grin

And while we're on cultural differences in eating techniques: those whacky Brits tilt the soup away from themselves to spoon up the dregs. Apparently it has something to do with naval tradition. *points* WEIRDOS! Razz
 
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I have no information to back this up, but I'd say it *is* more practical and looks more elegant if you don't constantly transfer the fork back and forth between your left and right hand. And what do you do with your free left when you're eating with your right? Do you let it slip, rather suggestively, under the table? *le gasp*


Is this a question for the weird Americans who do the transfer thing or do you also transfer? I can't tell who does what any more!

I'm told in the UK the polite thing is to hide the hand under the table. I don't know if that's true, but it's what I do, I think because in the school's dining room where we ate there was very little space for lazy arms lying around. The normal thing in Spain is to lay your forearm on the table, elbow off of course, and just rest it there naturally.

It was more of a rhetorical question. Wink
Us Germans don't do the transfer thing unless they have learned it from watching those whacky Americans on TV.
 
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Aaah. I'm getting confused.

And you know what? British soup spoons are round and weird! What we use as a soup spoon (oval shaped) is to them a DESSERT spoon. Think about it -the British eat their pudding with the same spoon we use for lentil and chorizo stew! (For dessert, we use a smaller spoon, which would be a teaspoon in the UK, which would be what used to be in Spain a 'coffee spoon' but no one does that anymore as we all get our stuff from Ikea now and they don't do localised cutlery sets.)

When I started waitressing in the UK, this spoon thing was really frustrating.


 
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That, sir, is one step too many.


Sir, there's a zombie in you waiting to get out.
 
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I grew up with these, and have no idea how you can deal with your dinky little metal pieces of crap.


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