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Old 04-18-2011, 02:28 PM   #51
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It's normal to hold it in that fashion to hold a steak while cutting but taking it to your mouth with the fork in that position just looks odd. Maybe not. I know a few people who do that.

You said exactly what I was trying to say. Thank you. To me it just looks wrong. And by no means am I the etiquette police!
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Old 04-18-2011, 02:31 PM   #52
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Holding the fork in your left hand for cutting then switching it to the right hand to get it to your mouth is an American (and maybe Canadian) habit. From what I know, Europeans use the left hand only for the fork.
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Old 04-18-2011, 02:35 PM   #53
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Holding the fork in your left hand for cutting then switching it to the right hand to get it to your mouth is an American (and maybe Canadian) habit. From what I know, Europeans use the left hand only for the fork.

But do they eat from the fork upside down? That is the issue I am referring to.
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....as in with the fork bent upward or downward
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Old 04-18-2011, 02:41 PM   #55
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Yes, I'm pretty sure they do (fold the fork upside down, or convex curve up).
It's something I have switched to when eating meat and cutting it one bite at a time, but I still switch hands to get those peas and mashed taters, lol. I am just not coordinated enough with my left hand to replace years of eating with my right.
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Old 04-18-2011, 02:42 PM   #56
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But do they eat from the fork upside down? That is the issue I am referring to.

When you're cutting, the fork is holding the meat and is upside down. Then you just move the fork up to your mouth - still upside down.

This looks "wrong" to most Americans because we switch hands and turn the fork "right side up".
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Old 04-18-2011, 02:44 PM   #57
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I don't switch hands after cutting, yet I turn the fork up.
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Old 04-18-2011, 02:46 PM   #58
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It's normal to hold it in that fashion to hold a steak while cutting but taking it to your mouth with the fork in that position just looks odd. Maybe not. I know a few people who do that.
It's the normal way to use a fork in GB. On my first trip to Europe, my husband and I were in a casual restaurant eating a hamburger (normal American "animal style") near Windsor Castle. I was enthralled watching two ladies at the next table eating their entire burgers with a knife and fork. The fork was upside down, and the knife was used to pack the food on the back of the fork. The fork never left the left hand, and the knife never left the right hand. There are certainly different "manners" in other parts of the world. I wonder if they thought we were Barbarians for eating our burgers American style, with catchup dripping down our chins?
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My parents were European, so that's how I was taught to use a knife and fork. With the "casual style", it's okay to use the fork with your right hand, but no continual switching back and forth and no cutting more than one piece of meat (or anything else, for that matter) at a time. Salad is usually eaten with the dominant hand.

For nice restaurants, etc., leave the fork in your left hand. The fork goes to the mouth convex side up, even for the peas you shoved onto your fork with your knife.

Yes, I think Europeans think the North American way people use cutlery is a bit barbaric, though I think that view is changing.

I remember my mum telling me that the American way to use cutlery may be gauche, but it was perfectly good manners in America.
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