Saturday, September 23

The language of cutlery that you must know.

Do you know that cutlery has language of its own? Yes, it’s true that cutlery speaks .It is also a method to give visual signs about the meal served to you and that also without saying anything.Using these signs you can easily convey your message to the person serving you.

The language of cutlery

As it is rightly said that “A picture is worth a thousand words” therefore this pictorial language helps in giving visual signs to the waiter serving you.

Let’s begin with the signs of cutlery:

  • Start

cutlery Start

First of all, if your fork is on the left and knife on the right; this is the starting position for your meal.

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  • Pause

cutlery Pause

Pause is to rest your fork and knife making an angle between them or an inverted ‘V’ shape. If you are in group having a conversation and have not finished your meal yet, you can use this sign.

  • Do not like

Do not like

If you are not satisfied with the meal, the correct etiquette for indicating the waiter is to place knife’s blade through the fork’s tines in a V.

  • Excellent


If your knife and fork are placed horizontally across the plate while placing the blade towards right, this means you liked the meal and you are finished eating.

  • Ready for next plate

Ready for next plate

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In a several course meal, if you done with one course. And would like to go for the other, consequently you can use this sign. Place your fork and knife making a cross where the fork is kept vertical and the knife is kept horizontal.

  • Finished


Finally, if the fork is rested together parallel with the knife, it indicates that we have finished our meal and do not intend to eat more.


Thus,this cutlery language is not difficult to understand and can be easily remembered this restaurant cutlery by all.

So, next time when you visit any restaurant do remember to use these signs.


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