“No rule of etiquette is of less importance than which fork we use.”
“The fool in a hurry drinks his tea with the fork.”
Charlie Chan (Earl Derr Biggers)
“Fork, n. An instrument used chiefly for the purpose of putting dead animals into the mouth. Formerly the kinfe was imployed for this purpose, and by many worthy persons is still thought to have many advantages over the other tool, which, however, they do not altogether reject, but use to assist in charging the knife.”
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) 'The Devil's Dictionary' (1911)
“Nothing is less important than which fork you use.”
“They say fingers were made before forks, and hands before knives.”
Jonathan Swift, ‘Polite and Ingenious Conversations’ (1738)
"There was an Old Man of New York,
Who murdered himself with a fork;
But nobody cried
though he very soon died, -
For that silly Old Man of New York."
Edward Lear, English artist, writer; known for his 'literary nonsense' & limericks (1812-1888)
On Chinese food and Chopsticks: "You do not sew with a fork, and I see no reason why you should eat with knitting needles."
Miss Piggy, 'Miss Piggy's Guide to Life' (1981)
“The two-pronged fork is used in northern Europe. The English are armed with steel tridents with ivory handles - three pronged forks - but in France, we have the four-pronged fork, the height of civilization.”
E. Briffault, ‘Paris a table’ (1846)
”Forks are made of iron or steel: noblemen eat with silver forks. I have gone on using a fork even now that I am back in England. This has occasioned more than one joke and one of my intimate friends did not hesitate to apply to me in the middle of a dinner the adjective 'Furciferous'.”
Thomas Coryate, English traveler
“How should melon be eaten? Not with a spoon, as is usual in restaurants.....The back of the spoon anaesthetizes the taste buds! In this way, it loses half of its flavor. Melon should be eaten with a fork.melons.”
From article 'Propos de table' by J. De Coquet in June 1982 'Figaro'
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