This Is What Your Cutlery Habits Say About Your Personality
Do your table manners cut the mustard, or do they leave a bad taste in other peoples' mouths?
You might not know, but there's a whole hidden language that's spoken through the careful placement of your cutlery.
Your knife and fork can say things like "jolly good tucker, thanks!" and "hold up, I'm not done yet," all without uttering a word. Which would be weird, wouldn't it?
We're calling this covert cutlery language 'cutleryish' but you can call it whatever you like.
Bottom line is if you want to impress your friends and family -- or maybe a hot date -- and also have clear communication with the waiter, you'd best brush up on your cutleryish.
"I'm still eating"
If you've taken a break to chat mid-meal, place your knife and fork in an upside down 'v' shape on your plate with the tips of the utensils touching. This means "thanks but I'm still eating" to any hovering waiters.
"I've finished eating"
Simply place your knife and fork together in the centre of your plate -- like a clock at 12 o'clock -- when you've finished eating and are ready for your plate to be cleared.
"I'm ready for the next course"
If you're at a banquet or a fancy dinner -- lucky you -- you can signal that you're ready for the next course by arranging your knife and fork in a cross, just make sure the knife is horizontal and the fork is vertical.
"I loved the meal"
Keen to pay your compliments to the chef at the end of a nice feed? Send them a message by placing both pieces of cutlery horizontally on the plate, with the tips pointing right.
"I hated the meal"
This is a bold move, so proceed with caution. Resting the blade of your knife through the tines -- or points -- of your fork indicates that you weren't a fan of your meal -- be careful as this looks similar to the "I'm still eating" move.
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Other dining do's and dont's
DO know your way around a table setting
If Titanic taught us anything it's that when faced with an elaborate setting featuring a myriad of different-sized and shaped knives, forks and spoons, simply start by using the utensils on the outside and work your way in.
DON'T leave dirty cutlery on the tablecloth
If you didn't learn anything from the first part of this story then this might not be obvious -- never put your utensils back onto the table after you start using them. You'll dirty the table/tablecloth, and it's also not super hygienic.
DO use the serving spoons provided
When it comes to communal dishes like salad, veggies and mashed potatoes, resist the urge to reach over with your own fork and scoop some up. It's gross and disrespectful to your fellow diners. Use the serving utensils provided.
DON'T lick your knife
Just don't do it. It's rude and you might cut your tongue. While we're here, don't wave your knife and fork while you're talking, and always ALWAYS chew with your mouth closed.
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