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View Poll Results: Which one of these is a spatula?
A is a spatula 27 40.91%
B is a spatula 6 9.09%
Both are spatulas 32 48.48%
Neither are spatulas 1 1.52%
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Old 08-05-06, 06:13 PM   #1
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The Great Spatula Debate, v. 2

Which of these is a spatula?

A)


B)



Some people I know call A) a spatula and B) a scraper... other people say that A) is a flipper and B) is a spatula. Still others insist that both items can legitimately be called spatulas, although this is clearly wrong. Finally, a very vocal minority insists that neither one of those items is a spatula, and that a spatula is actually just another name for a snickerdoodle.

But they can't all be right... so which one is it?
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Old 08-05-06, 06:22 PM   #2
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B) is a mixing spoon thingie
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Old 08-05-06, 06:32 PM   #3
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They're both spatulas. And there are more kinds too.



Left to right: A plastic non-stick spatula, a silicone spatula, a rubber spatula, a Chinese spatula, and a metal spatula

All of you, including the OP, who think C is the wrong answer are, in fact, wrong.

American Heritage Dictionary:
A small implement having a broad, flat, flexible blade that is used to mix, spread, or lift material.
A device, such as a small wooden paddle, used to press down the tongue during an examination of the mouth or throat.

Merriam-Websters:
Main Entry: spat·u·la
Pronunciation: 'spach-(&-)l&
Function: noun
a flat thin instrument for spreading or mixing soft substances, scooping, lifting, or scraping


Wordnet:
spatula
n 1: a turner with a narrow flexible blade 2: a hand tool with a thin flexible blade used to mix or spread soft substances

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B) is a mixing spoon thingie
aka a spatula
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Old 08-05-06, 06:42 PM   #4
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Ginwen, you can quote all the "facts" that you'd like, but let's face it -- if I need to flip over a big, juicy delicious burger and I ask my wife to hand me a spatula... that little cake batter scraping tool just isn't going to do the trick.

What you are proposing, sir, is anarchy. Anarchy!!!

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Old 08-05-06, 07:35 PM   #5
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Sorry... but A is a 'pancake turner'/'flipper' and B is the spatula.
Maybe it's a Jersey thing? Because that's what I would label them as.
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Old 08-05-06, 07:37 PM   #6
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Old 08-05-06, 07:52 PM   #7
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Only B is a spatula. But I'm in a different country.
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Old 08-05-06, 08:07 PM   #8
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both are spatulas, any other answer is wrong.
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Old 08-05-06, 08:11 PM   #9
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They're both spatulas. In the second case I usually say "rubber spatula" to clarify, but context often takes care of that as well.
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Old 08-05-06, 08:15 PM   #10
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#1 is a grilled food turner, #2 is a bowl scraper for cookie dough or brownie mix.
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Old 08-05-06, 08:27 PM   #11
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They're both spatulas.
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Old 08-05-06, 08:40 PM   #12
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Bah. They can't both be spatulas. If I was pouring cake batter into a pan, I'd never use Option A. If I was cooking pancakes, I'd never use Option B. So if I want someone to hand me a spatula... how would they know what to give me?
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Old 08-05-06, 08:42 PM   #13
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I have no clue what the hell is supposed to be going on in this picture, but that is halirious.
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I have no clue what the hell is supposed to be going on in this picture, but that is halirious.
it's a scene from the movie UHF, that's the first thing that came to mind
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If I was cooking pancakes, I'd never use Option B. So if I want someone to hand me a spatula... how would they know what to give me?
You don't "cook" pancakes, you "grill 'em up".

And for those you say "give me the flipper".

The other thing is more of a cleaner-upper. (and FWIW and to create some controversy, I doubt any single guys own #2, it's a girly kitchen tool )
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I doubt any single guys own #2, it's a girly kitchen tool )
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The other thing is more of a cleaner-upper. (and FWIW and to create some controversy, I doubt any single guys own #2, it's a girly kitchen tool )
You're a girly kitchen tool.
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You're a girly kitchen tool.
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Old 08-05-06, 09:14 PM   #20
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Bah. They can't both be spatulas. If I was pouring cake batter into a pan, I'd never use Option A. If I was cooking pancakes, I'd never use Option B. So if I want someone to hand me a spatula... how would they know what to give me?
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Old 08-05-06, 10:21 PM   #24
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both spatulas.

One is a grill spatula, the other is an inside spatula.
They are both subsets of the genus Spatula; one is Spatulae flipperini and the other is Spatulae scraperosa.
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Old 08-05-06, 11:31 PM   #25
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The true spatula:



All others are bastardized, specialized unitaskers.
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