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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
eat cut piece with fork in same hand without laying down knife
do something else which I'll describe in a comment
I do not eat food requiring a knife.

In what country did you first learn basic table manners?


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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 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...
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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. ;)
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:

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

*gets all nostalgic*

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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. :)
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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