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Unofficial Etiquette Pollage

Posted on 2009.01.06 at 14:28
How I feel about it all: curiouscurious
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After hearing a discussion on the radio about table manners and cultural/national ways of eating, I got curious and decided to ask you guys about it. According to the program, there is more than one way people in Western countries use a knife while eating. I did not know this, which shows just how much I don't know about culture.

So anyway, a poll:



Poll #1409363 Table manners poll

After cutting a piece of meat/other food requiring a knife in order to eat, do you

lay down the knife and switch fork to opposite hand before eating cut piece
15(34.9%)
eat cut piece with fork in same hand without laying down knife
26(60.5%)
do something else which I'll describe in a comment
2(4.7%)
I do not eat food requiring a knife.
0(0.0%)

In what country did you first learn basic table manners?


Comments:


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Mistress of Insanity
zeenell at 2009-06-01 20:05 (UTC) ()
...I hold the knife in my left hand and hold the fork in my right hand?

Depending on who cooked the steak, sometimes I switch to knife in right hand and fork in left hand, which means I have to switch back. (....i can't use a fork or spoon left handed (unless I am just using the fork to hold the meat). I am such a righty *facepalm*.

But, yeah, as long as someone didn't overcook it, I don't tend to switch hands - and unless I'm trying to read a book while eating, I hold the utensils in both hands.
suchthefangirl
suchthefangirl at 2009-06-01 20:09 (UTC) ()
I was told that not switching (my way) was the British way. I always figured it was due to my bizarre ambidextrousness. Or maybe the fact that my parents are first generation (though, I've can't remember which way they eat).

I am and have always been a bit of a freak...
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2009-06-01 20:10 (UTC) ()
Freakishness is in the eye of the beholder. I've been writing 'colour' and 'harbour' and such since I was around twelve, because I think it's prettier. ;)
Dave
stormwynd at 2009-06-01 20:25 (UTC) ()
I'm of the "put down the knife and transfer the fork to the other hand" ilk, but since that's a bit inefficient, I sometimes will do all the cutting I need to do in one go -- cut up the entire steak, for example, and then eat it.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2009-06-01 23:29 (UTC) ()
Cutting up the whole shebang should have been an option. Curse LJ for not allowing poll edits. :/

"Put down the knife" sounds kinda like "put down the duckie"; and so I have an excuse to offer this:



Dave
stormwynd at 2009-06-04 04:33 (UTC) ()
Oh wow, I remember watching this when I was little!

*gets all nostalgic*

Thanks!
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2009-06-04 05:27 (UTC) ()
It's a beautiful thing. :)
Non-Recovering WoW Addict
heinous_bitca at 2009-06-01 21:31 (UTC) ()
I learned to use my fork in my left hand and my knife in my right from my French exchange student who was with us for a month or so in 1984. I hadn't done it that way before then, but it made so much sense, that I can't imagine doing it any other way.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2009-06-02 02:47 (UTC) ()
Dude. I just found out my mother knows there are two ways to do it. I'm out of the etiquette loop like woah.
girlorchid at 2009-06-01 23:22 (UTC) ()
When I lived in the USA people used to mock me (really, mock me!) for the way I ate! And yet my way is faster :-p
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2009-06-01 23:24 (UTC) ()
Your way is definitely faster. Will experiment. :)
Penguin
pingviini at 2009-06-02 08:58 (UTC) ()
Fork in left hand, knife in right hand, no switching hands. When we visited our relatives in America they had a lot of fun watching us eat. :) I don't know if they thought it was bad table manners or just exotic!
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2009-06-03 04:25 (UTC) ()
Hehee! It's just another way of doing it, apparently. And more efficient, absolutely. The switcheroo seems to be pretty much a North American thing (although I don't know about Mexico, because nobody from there took the poll *g*).
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