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Here's What Your Cutlery Positioning Says About You
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Here's What Your Cutlery Positioning Says About You

The way you position your fork and knife on a plate are visual cues to your guests and servers.

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Did you know the way you position your knife and fork can send visual cues to your guests and servers? It can signal if you're done with a meal or would like to continue. It can even tell if you're dissatisfied with the meal! Should you keep them crossed over on top of a plate or far apart? You don't want to send across the wrong messages now, do you? If you'd like to learn more about cutlery etiquette, keep reading. 

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"I am starting."

Having your fork and knife outside your plate on either side, means you are ready to begin your meal.

"I am pausing."

Placing your cutlery on your plate in an upside-down V-shape with the tips of the utensils facing towards each other means you are talking to someone and have paused eating.

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“I am finished.”

Keeping the cutlery parallel to each other in the center of the plate pointing at 12 o'clock means you are done. Your server will know that you have finished your meal. The interesting thing here is that you can actually place your cutlery in any position as long as they're parallel to each other.