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I think you should look in on a nursery sometime, or on the one sit-down meal a week of teens who generally eat fast food with their hands. It *does* take practice to use a knife and fork properly.


Nonetheless I find it less effort than chopsticks. I'm just less versatile.

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I think you should look in on a nursery sometime, or on the one sit-down meal a week of teens who generally eat fast food with their hands. It *does* take practice to use a knife and fork properly.


Nonetheless I find it less effort than chopsticks. I'm just less versatile.

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Cheek! Razz

Haha yeah, fair point. Although cheater-chopsticks take much of the effort out, and I still find them less effective. Nonetheless a lot of people seem to look down on me for not 'getting' chopsticks.


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Chopsticks are well suited in a Chinese eating environment where it is usual to
- eat from bowls
- bring these to your lips
- eat your rice sticky and your meats and veggies in bitesizd pieces
- slurp up the dregs - loudly


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Those are the *really* good parts!


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Mark's comments smack of cutlerist privilege!


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Okay. That just dislodged the chopstick in my hair...


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Okay. That just dislodged the chopstick in my hair...


Are you trying to eat your hair?

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Yeah I'm with Flinchy and Pfins it is just what you are used to!

I find noodles much easier with chopsticks and will ask for them if I end up with a fork at an asian restaurant here.

I have never found them difficult to use but started using them as a kid at home, so the same time I was learning with cutlery.
 
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Nonetheless a lot of people seem to look down on me for not 'getting' chopsticks.


FWIW, Mark, I don't look down on people who say they find them difficult to use and prefer forks. If you're not used to them, don't like them (or if you eat from a flat plate!) fork or spoon are the way to go.

But I find "chopsticks are dumb" a kind of dumb blanket statement, when people say that seriously. (I do get that you said it in a jokey challenging way!)

So if someone I don't know said that to me I might find him rather undiscerning and suspect him to be the kind to go to China on a trip and demand to eat fish and chips and shepherd's pie every day.


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I am rubbish at using chopsticks and resort to forking it.


But but... you knit! I was sure there'd be some overlap...


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The proper way to eat.

 
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I try to use chopsticks when appropriate, but I'm not very good at it. I like them, though. They're fun.

I am, however, flabbergasted by people not being able to use a knife and fork properly. I keep seeing people (mainly in England) cutting a piece of meat or whatever with the fork in the left hand and stuck into the larger piece (so cutting below the fork), then pulling the fork out and transferring it to the right hand to spear and eat the piece they just cut off. That's just... ungainly and clumsy and not at all elegant and... wrong.
 
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I keep seeing people (mainly in England) cutting a piece of meat or whatever with the fork in the left hand and stuck into the larger piece (so cutting below the fork), then pulling the fork out and transferring it to the right hand to spear and eat the piece they just cut off.


Maybe they were Americans? I used to snicker at this as well, until I learned it's apparently totally acceptable etiquette in the US. (Is this true?)


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er yeah. 'cos I'm right handed.


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*nod* American's do that - using your knife and fork together is not something they have mastered yet Razz

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Yeah I'm with Flinchy and Pfins it is just what you are used to!

I find noodles much easier with chopsticks and will ask for them if I end up with a fork at an asian restaurant here.

I have never found them difficult to use but started using them as a kid at home, so the same time I was learning with cutlery.


I find chopsticks far easier than forks with the kinds of food they're designed for - ie. Asian food.

I think half the trouble is, as someone said, that people expect them to be used in the same way you'd use a fork. If you're 'putting the effort in' but it's looking at it from the wrong end, then of course you won't be able to do it.

I don't think forks are any more versatile at all. I can do anything with chopsticks and a a spoon that I can do with a knife and fork. And I didn't use them regularly until I was a teenager, so it's not just what you grow up with (it may also be to do with nothing being allowed to stand between me and food for very long.)

I also think no one looks down on you for not using chopsticks, they look down on you for whining how you can't use them, rather than just choosing a fork! Razz


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*holds chopsticks*

*tries to chop things with them and they break*

NOPE

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I went through a phase in collage where I ate popcorn with chopsticks. this was to learn how to use them and to not get my hands all buttery while doing homework. Today in a resteraunt I will use chopstick about half way through a meal then I thend to get a hand cramp.

On the knife/fork thing, I watched way too meny british TV shows as a child and started used the K/F that way. Meny of my fellow Americans look at me strange.


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Heh, I concede I came into this a bit too snarky and perhaps I should have said I just don't get them Smile

Domi - my experience is the opposite: I think I can do anything people use chopsticks for with a knife/fork/spoon. And I've been shown many times how to use chopsticks - I guess my fingers are too stubby or something.

And the number of times I've been tutted at for asking for a fork shows it's not just my whining that's the issue Razz


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Maybe you're just impatient DM Smile

I like them, but then get a bit fed up with them if I'm really hungry and in a hurry (and I'm with you and the hand cramps LibraryLady!)

We've all had a fad of eating everything with them at home (except the wet bits of soup) and always use them if we're eating out (when applicable!) but I also like that there is something other than a knife and fork to use. A bit of variety is lovely. A bit like eating a cream egg with a mustard or salt spoon.

PS: the paperless toilet thing is great but not when you leave puddles on the seat for the next person. What do you use to dry the puddles? When it's cold, there's nothing worse than wet legs and a wet bum!

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Be eating conscious friends.

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