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From: John Zimmerman <>
Subject: Re: Etiquette question
Date: Fri, 27 Nov 1998 21:42:57 -0700

Hi, Cecily,

Take care. Such an observation may bring flawed results. I use the
knife in my left hand, holding the food with the fork in my right, but I
don't do it because I'm European. I do it because I'm left-handed.
;^) So are most of my family.

Best regards,

John Zimmerman
Mesa, Arizona

> Since everyone is planning for the virtual Christmas party and is way off the
> subject of genealogy, I have a question to ask of my world wide cousins. The
> other night on TV, I caught the end of a program where a man was explaining
> why Americans hold their silverware differently than the Europeans do. He
> said that the American way where one uses the fork in the left hand to hold
> down the food and then transfers it to the right hand to spear the food is the
> old fashioned way. In the 1880s European society apparently decided that it
> was silly to keep transferring the fork from one hand to the other. The
> Americans stuck to their old ways.
> I am curious to know which countries use the "American" way and which
> countries use the "European." This might be an interesting of guessing the
> nationalities of guests at the Cornish Christmas party.

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