Friday, July 29, 2011

The spoon situation

I found this image on Pinterest last night, and I just had to share it. I'm quite interested in etiquette- in the same way I am fond of rocks, astronomy, and grammar. I have a few books on etiquette, so you would think that I'd have my crap together about which utensil to use and when, right? Well, you'd be wrong. A few months ago in Germany I used the dessert spoon for my soup, and I was immediately corrected (politely, of course) by my colleagues from the Netherlands. Basically I helped reinforce the "dumb American" stereotype. Super. At least I'll never use the wrong spoon again!! 

*Sorry for the random post with no "pretty" pictures. 


  1. I love etiquette too- I think it's so interesting too! Thanks for sharing this- just pinned it :)

  2. Wait! Where'd the rest of the text go? I had this starred because I wanted to read what you had to say more closely and then post a comment...but I guess instead, I'll say that I totally understood what you were trying to say about instilling class/etiquette in your children without also making them snobs. I grew up with a grandmother who was all over me all the time for etiquette, so I totally notice when people use the wrong utensils, etc, etc. But I often find I don't say anything, because *I* don't want to look like I'm trying to embarrass them or something! I really loved the personal post about etiquette -- I didn't mind the lack of photos :)

  3. Thanks, Victoria!! I deleted some of it. When I re-read it i was worried it came across like I was attacking people who ARE concerned about status, and I didn't want to offend certain people. I'm glad you liked my ramblings though. ;)


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