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25 May 2006 @ 09:08 pm
Happy Glorious 25th of May.  
I have two questions. One of them is absolutely vital to my continued existence and should be answered by anyone remotely qualified. The second is just my salacious curiosity having another viral outbreak.

ONE

Titles. Livejournal. WTF. Lost. Cannot find. HELP HELP IT WAS EATEN BY AN BLACK DOG WITH ORANGE EYEBROWS.

Seriously, though, am I going mad or is there actually no function for changing your lj title any longer? Did they abolish it?
I'm assuming the answers to these two queries are 'no, even for lj that is too cruel and unusual', so no need to enlighten me on that score. I would really like to know where they've stashed that function, though. Free hard-boiled egg to first helpful commenter.

TWO

I was watching Desperate Housewives yesterday (words cannot describe my hatred for this programme but. Not the point). I'm quite sure everyone in the known world with the possible exception of the denizens of Sub-Saharan Africa, and Mars, has seen this episode. Bree abandons her gay son by the roadside, and other stuff not to do with gay sons happens. 

My question is one of cultural interest. Bree holds a semi-formal supper -- in that she invites outsiders. People are dressed up. Some are too much so, including Bree herself, who always looks ironed. Not just her clothes, but her face and hair. And eyebrows. Anyway, they're eating, and I notice odd things, so I see that everyone is eating with their fork in their right hand. Eating solely with their fork, in their right hand.

I am shocked. I mention this to the room at large. Pa says in tones of bathing scorn, "Rachel, all Americans eat like this."

So: is that true? Do all Americans eat with their forks in their right hands, making no use of any other cutlery and/or extremity?
Answers on the back of a postcard. Europeans need not apply.
 
 
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Loyaulte Me Lieshocolate on May 25th, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
ONE

I believe it is known - and this will help....

http://www.livejournal.com/settings/?tag=title
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Pandas can't talk!scoradh on May 25th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
[showers you with a glorious rain of eggs, though it may turn nasty]

♥!
jehnt: infernal affairsjehnt on May 25th, 2006 01:47 pm (UTC)
Errr, serious question: what OTHER hand would the fork be in? Like, errr, your basic plate setting goes, from left to right, fork plate knife spoon, because you use the spoon in your theoretical soup course, then you lift the knife in the right hand and fork in the left to cut your main course, at which point it is acceptable to take one bite with the fork in your left hand to confirm that you are cutting your food to appropriate size, and then upon completion of food-cutting you switch your fork to your right hand and continue from there. I thought that was how everyone did it. Is this not true!?!?

But seriously, if you were to come to America and eat with your fork in your left hand, Miss Manners would have to lay the smackdown.
jehnt: sga - atlantis - shinyjehnt on May 25th, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
So after answering this I got curious and googled to see how other people used their forks, and, dude, Wikipedia knows all. I also believe, though Wikipedia doesn't mention this, that's it's very gauche in a number of countries to use your left hand for eating at all, so that may have played a role as well.
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Titsa Plentei: hammertimemyrafur on May 25th, 2006 02:19 pm (UTC)
The only time I hold my fork in my left hand is when I'm cutting with my knife and move it to my right hand.

Dominant hand handles the feeding. ^_^ It's not bad manners at all.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Japan waterscoradh on May 25th, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC)
Nooerr. Over here, it kind of is. But I can understand (now) that my way would be almost unspeakably pretentious in America. Perhaps I shall only eat in five-star restaurants when I visit, and then be chucked out for wearing jeans.

It's like the spelling thing, only moreso. ♥
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Rosefourth_rose on May 25th, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
Ah, us pesky Europeans who won't let go of our fork/left hand OTP! ;)

(Yes, I was surprised too when I first saw an American friend hold the fork in his right hand. That's cultural differences for you...)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: mirrorscoradh on May 25th, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC)
I thought that was the standard etiquette, but it seems not. Ew well.

I must check -- we had American visitors lately but I never noticed it. Only on TV. [facepalm]
Gin: Oh the mess you’ve madebackinblack on May 25th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
Well, we do use knives and spoons of course, but if we're eating... something that needs to be cut, we usually stop eating, pick up the knife, and cut it. Then set down the knife and resume eating. Now that I think about it, that's odd.
Gin: Should I hang my head in shamebackinblack on May 25th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
Oh and I typically cut with my left hand, although if it's a tough piece of meat or something, I'll swap hands and cut with right.
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Sparkles: Fine Shindig.hxcpunkchick on May 25th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
I'm sure someone has answered you by now, but I felt like putting in my 2 bits worth.
First, I have not seen that episode, as I have successfully avoided all Desperate Housewives episodes.
Second, for the most part, yes we do use our right hands to eat with a fork. However, if you're using a knife, you eat with your left in order to cut with the right. Sadly, most don't use knives and I see too many people use their forks to cut food. So your answer is no, not ALL Americans make no use of other cutlery and/or extremity.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Gatescoradh on May 26th, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC)
Once, I could have said the same. Unfortunately, more worthy offerings of any nationality take their sweet time in getting to Irish terrestrial TV.

That was it -- I thought they were using their forks all alone. I have it on good authority now that the knives are used, just not the way I'm used to. Pretty interesting (to me, anyhow).
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every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on May 26th, 2006 01:16 pm (UTC)
Yes, you are a Martin and,

Others might do this
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K: Marmitesaturnial on May 26th, 2006 01:47 am (UTC)
My mother still chastises me any time I try to eat with my fork in my right hand - It's just become a habit to eat fork in left. And you always use both knife and fork because that's how one eats in polite company. And now, after having spent 16 years getting this drilled into me, I discover that most people eat with just their fork in their right? What the hell?
Neeryneery on May 26th, 2006 04:40 am (UTC)
Well, the "most people" in this thread seem to be mostly American, so I don't think you need to worry. In Europe, the knife-and-fork way is much more common.
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My imaginary friend thinks I'm brilliant.: Dream Onlanitha on May 26th, 2006 11:46 am (UTC)
*gasp*

*stares at title of journal again*

Have you actually started listening to Tori Amos???
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Louisa!scoradh on May 26th, 2006 01:18 pm (UTC)
A little bit -- Cornflake Girl and Sorta Fairytale were the only ones I could find on myTunes.

Why, does she really have a song called 'The fifty-first American state'?
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muchspork on May 26th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
OMG I ASKED THE SAME QUESTION A WEEK AGO AND NO-ONE HELPED ME!!! now i will read the comments people left you, to help me change my title.

and hahaha, i like your father.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Rolfscoradh on May 27th, 2006 11:37 am (UTC)
Titles.

Really? Would you like him?
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