You May Have Been Using Your Knife And Fork Wrong All Along

Do you know how to handle your knife? Or is it all a bit of a fork up?

Far be it from us to tell you how to suck eggs -- you got that down, right? But what about cutting them up?

New research in the UK has revealed that an alarming 40 per cent of us don’t know how to use a knife and fork correctly.

While we're pretty sure they're not talking about people blindly stabbing at their food with knives, it's pretty shocking to think that many of us don't even know how to hold them or forks in the right way.

Were we brought up in a barn, people?

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Etiquette expert Jo Bryant has given the Daily Mail tips on how to hold utensils properly -- because according to research by nearly half the population don't know the most accepted technique for using a knife and fork.

Like, really. OK. Nose-bag, anyone?

But if you're one of the 40 percent, then we're here to help, not judge (any more). According to Jo, the correct way to use your cutlery is to hold your knife with the index finger along the top of the handle, while forks should be held with the tines pointing downwards with your index finger on the handle.

'You should not cut up your food, then put down your knife and eat with just your fork -- it's correct to use both the knife and fork, or just a fork,' Jo said. But don't worry about cutting up your spag bol -- according to Jo, you can eat that with just a fork.

'In this case, the fork should be held with the tines facing upwards, similar to a spoon,' Jo explained.

Got it.

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And while we have  -- admittedly-- been a bit judgy about using a simple knife and fork, there are some circumstances where cutlery can be confounding for anyone. If you're anything like us, navigating a wedding setting, or a posh restaurant can be a bit daunting as you try and work out how to eat with SO MANY KNIVES AND FORKS!

But don't feel overwhelmed  -- it's actually quite simple. Here you go, cut this out and keep it somewhere you can access it.

Cutlery is used from the outside inwards, so starter cutlery is placed on the outside and main course cutlery on the inside.

If soup is being served as a starter, then the soup spoon is placed to the right and outside of the main course knife.

Side plates go to the left of the forks, usually with a butter knife and napkin.

Wine and water glasses go to the top right of the setting.

OK that's enough... we're going on a liquid diet, stat.

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