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Old 12-26-05, 09:11 AM
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Cut AND eat with right hand?

Over our Christmas meal we got into a discussion on American eating habits and how most people use a knife with their right hand, pass the knife over to their left and then use the fork with their right hand. This will probably sound hard to believe, but I never knew most people did this! I'm left-handed (mostly) and cut food with my left and continue on eating with my right. I realize this is a very minor topic, but it seems really odd to me that people waste a tiny bit of time transferring over the knife every time they want to cut food.

Old 12-26-05, 09:16 AM
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I was once told that I eat "in the European manner" (knife in left hand, fork in right), After I threw my beer in his face I explained that I eat in the "I'm trying to stuff as much food down my pie-hole in as efficient way as possible because I'm freaking famished manner".

We all had a good laugh, then I kicked the crap out of him for suggesting that I had "european" tendencies.







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Old 12-26-05, 09:21 AM
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What is this "Fork" thing?
Old 12-26-05, 09:23 AM
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Old 12-26-05, 09:59 AM
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For what it's worth, I'm left-handed and keep the fork in my left hand and the knife in my right.
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I think that's correct... but "proper manners" are long gone these days. Friggin' hippies.
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I'm right handed and use knife in left, fork in right.
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I do the switch hand thing only to stay in shape. All those extra calories burned in the transfer has given me a tight body. Well that and the six second ab thing.
Old 12-26-05, 10:35 AM
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Growing up, when I would cut with my right and eat with my left, my mother would comment that I was eating "like a barbarian."

Consequently, I do the switch.
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Originally Posted by Adam Tyner
For what it's worth, I'm left-handed and keep the fork in my left hand and the knife in my right.
I'm right handed for most things, but I use my form in my left hand, knife in the right
when eating stuff with a spoon I use my left hand for that too
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I used to work with a guy who lost his left arm. The two most amazing things I ever saw him do were peel an orange and wrap a Christmas present.
Old 12-26-05, 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Adam Tyner
For what it's worth, I'm left-handed and keep the fork in my left hand and the knife in my right.
I would assume you put your knife down after cutting and before putting the food in your mouth. That's probably the main consideration here as to whether it's proper etiquette, not the transfer of the fork from one hand to the other.

I don't know what this "pass the knife over to their left" hand is about. Why not just put it down?
Old 12-26-05, 12:51 PM
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I just cut the food all up before eating any of it.
Old 12-26-05, 01:27 PM
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Who cuts food?!? If it's big enough, you pick it up with your hand, take a bit and tear off what you want. Chew. Repeat. Maybe swallow occasionally.

In all seriousness(?), I'm right handed...knife in left does the cutting, fork in right does the holding/lifting to mouth. When I'm eating cereal, spoon stays in the right. Are that many people really so right/left hand dominant that they would cut with that hand, then obtain the fork with that hand and feed? I'll have to pay more attention in the future...
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Originally Posted by Adam Tyner
For what it's worth, I'm left-handed and keep the fork in my left hand and the knife in my right.
Me too, and as X mentioned, I put the knife down after cutting (for etiquette's sake). I never understood the whole deal with switching around the cutlery in your hands, but I guess that whatever one becomes used to is easiest for them.
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Originally Posted by X
I would assume you put your knife down after cutting and before putting the food in your mouth.
Right. I meant "keep" in the sense that the cutlery doesn't switch hands.
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Either I eat using just a fork or spork which I keep in my right hand at all times, or I use a knife and fork and don't switch hands. It's not hard. People just need to train harder
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Now, how about when you hold a spoon? Do you hold it like a shovel:


or do you do the etiquette type grasp:
Old 12-27-05, 12:06 AM
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Who said it was hard?

I do it because I was taught that cutting with your dominant hand and eating with your dominant hand was the proper way to eat your food.

Do you all put your elbows on the table too?
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I cut with my right hand, put down the knife, use fork with right hand. Most of the time I do it that way. What bothers me is the people who put the fork in the part of food that is being cut off of. After cutting the small piece off, they pull the fork out of the big piece of food, put it in the small piece, and then eat it. That seems like too much work.

Spoons I use the "etiquette" way. The shovel method irks me a lot.
Old 12-27-05, 09:44 AM
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If I need to do any cutting, I just use my fork. If something if complex enough to actually require a knife to cut it I'll do it before I go sit down to eat. I don't need to be bringing all that damn silverware with me everywhere.
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I eat with my right hand and I cut with it too when I'm at home.
If not I'll eat with the left hand and cut with the right hand.
Old 12-27-05, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by DRG
If I need to do any cutting, I just use my fork. If something if complex enough to actually require a knife to cut it I'll do it before I go sit down to eat. I don't need to be bringing all that damn silverware with me everywhere.
Do you ever eat food that you didn't make?
Old 12-28-05, 09:32 AM
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I'm right handed. If I'm eating food that needs cutting, I keep the knife in my right hand and the fork in my left. If I'm eating food that doesn't need cutting, I keep the fork in my right hand.
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Originally Posted by mndtrp
I cut with my right hand, put down the knife, use fork with right hand. Most of the time I do it that way.

Spoons I use the "etiquette" way. The shovel method irks me a lot.
Same here. The shovel bugs the hell out of me too, spoon or fork. I am not sure why but it just does (as well as chewing with ones mouth open, shoveling food into ones mouth while already chewing on the previous load etc.). This only bothers me at my table though, I could care less about people at other tables.

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