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When referring to knives, forks and spoons, what terms do you use most often?

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VotesAnswer
22Silverware
11Other
10I refer to each by its actual name (i.e. knife, fork, spoon)
4Eating utensils
2Flatware
1I use more than one term.
0Tableware


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Enigma
posted 4-Sep-2007 9:55pm  
Silverware
docgbrown
posted 4-Sep-2007 10:46pm  
Utensils
ausfox
posted 4-Sep-2007 10:48pm  
Cutlery
mrmarm
posted 4-Sep-2007 11:48pm  
All of that kitchenary crap.
darkshadowsseeker
(reply to ausfox) posted 5-Sep-2007 12:56am  
You know, I completely forgot about that one.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
posted 5-Sep-2007 1:53am  
Cutlery.

I'm from Sheffield - we know a thing or two about cutlery.
they Survey Central Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 5-Sep-2007 8:42am  
Silverware
RainingFeathers
posted 5-Sep-2007 9:45am  
I either use their individual names or call it cutlery. I've never said any of the four listed.
cloudhugger
posted 5-Sep-2007 10:35am  
Mostly 'silverware', it naturally rolls of the tongue and through the lips before I can really think aobut it. Sometimes I am able to control myself and refer to them as they truly are... "eating utensils".
cloudhugger
(reply to darkshadowsseeker) posted 5-Sep-2007 10:37am  
minus a cookie for forgetting 'cutlery' so far...that does not roll off the tongue as easily.
Galomorro
posted 5-Sep-2007 11:08am  
Each by actual name but I call it flatware to myself.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 5-Sep-2007 11:32am  
Silverware. I don't think I've ever used any of the others. Maybe I say cutlery on occasion, too, although I don't know if that really includes forks and spoons.
moviesnob
posted 5-Sep-2007 11:55am  
Silverware
EyesOfCharisma
posted 5-Sep-2007 12:06pm  
I refer to each by it's actual name.... fork, knife, spoon.... Dressing up common words irritates me..
paulyw Survey Central Subscriber Gold Star Survey Creator Gold Qualifier
posted 5-Sep-2007 12:54pm  
I normally use the actual name, but sometimes I use silverware, and if it is plastic utensils (Plastic Spoons, forks, and knives) I call it plasticware
darkshadowsseeker
(reply to cloudhugger) posted 5-Sep-2007 2:18pm  
You have cookies & you didn't tell me?  * frown *
Liss Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 5-Sep-2007 2:56pm  
Cutlery.
ihatespiders
posted 5-Sep-2007 3:11pm  
Depends, I have both silverware and flatware. I dont use the silverware very often.Its been in my family a long time.
cloudhugger
(reply to darkshadowsseeker) posted 5-Sep-2007 4:24pm  
ate 'em....without the use of fork and spoon thank you very much...  * raspberry *
cloudhugger
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 5-Sep-2007 4:25pm  
> Silverware. I don't think I've ever used any of
> the others. Maybe I say cutlery on occasion, too,
> although I don't know if that really includes
> forks and spoons.

That would be called "Sporks"
Iseult Silver Star Survey Creator
posted 5-Sep-2007 4:49pm  
Cutlery.

I only use silverware for stuff that is actually silver. I am not very familiar with terms tableware and flatware.
Crayons
posted 5-Sep-2007 5:37pm  
I feel like I'm bad at talking, like i stumble with words a lot, though maybe just because I only notice my own mistakes.. well a word like Silverware would be avoided because it's easy to mess up, so something like fork is a lot easier.
gambler
posted 5-Sep-2007 5:44pm  
Other "Cutlery"
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to cloudhugger) posted 5-Sep-2007 5:47pm  
I didn't realize spork could be a collective term. I thought it was limited to a specific type of hybrid flatware indigenous to elementary-school cafeterias.  * wink *

I have, however, added spork to the SC dictionary.
kirst
posted 5-Sep-2007 5:53pm  
Cutlery.
cloudhugger
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 5-Sep-2007 7:46pm  
 * yes *
I throw them away when they end up in my kitchen. Dictionary is the best place for them.
cloudhugger
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 5-Sep-2007 7:48pm  
> I didn't realize spork could be a collective term.
> I thought it was limited to a specific type of
> hybrid flatware indigenous to elementary-school
> cafeterias.  * wink *
Oh...why they hell not, eh!?

Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to cloudhugger) posted 5-Sep-2007 9:16pm  
You get spork infestations in your kitchen?! Eeek!
darkshadowsseeker
(reply to cloudhugger) posted 6-Sep-2007 12:29am  
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cloudhugger
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 6-Sep-2007 10:27am  
Yes! I thought I was perfectly clear when I held one up proclaiming "Didest thou not sayeth thee are not welcome here thouest spawn of satan, I cast you and the demons from my humble home so thatest thou are not welcome heretowith!" And with a mighty toss into the trash can...I don't know, they keep showing up in the silverware drawer.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to cloudhugger) posted 6-Sep-2007 11:34am  
I hear they're as prolific as wire coat-hangers at reproducing.
cloudhugger
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 6-Sep-2007 3:25pm  
yyyeeeeaaaahhhhh......... how the fudge does that happen?
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to cloudhugger) posted 6-Sep-2007 4:07pm  
Rabbit DNA, I think.
cloudhugger
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 6-Sep-2007 4:12pm  
fudging rabbits....
AND NO MORE WIRE HANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!
darkshadowsseeker
(reply to cloudhugger) posted 6-Sep-2007 11:47pm  
image Yes, Mommie dearest!
Zang
posted 8-Sep-2007 5:19pm  
Uhh...cutlery.  * wry smile *
Zang
posted 8-Sep-2007 5:27pm  
"Silverware" only refers to the kind that is made out of silver. I don't own any. My mother uses it for holiday dinners.
"Eating utensils" sounds a bit silly. The meaning is obvious, but it just seems a bit wordy. I didn't know people actually said that.
"Flatware" is a word that I have heard before, but I'm not sure I even knew what it meant exactly until now. It does sound like something you would have around the house. I guess it must be an American thing.
"Tableware" is another word that I've heard before. Probably another American thing. I would have thought it included anything that you would put on a table; the dishes, candlesticks, place mats...
Zang
(reply to darkshadowsseeker) posted 8-Sep-2007 5:34pm  
When I read the question, the first thing that popped into my head was "What do you call the plastic doohickey that holds that stuff in the kitchen drawer?" "A cutlery tray!"

...actually, I'd call it the "cutlery drawer" too!  * grin *

So what do you call the plastic doohickey and the drawer that holds it?
darkshadowsseeker
(reply to Zang) posted 8-Sep-2007 7:47pm  
Silverware tray.
Zang
(reply to darkshadowsseeker) posted 8-Sep-2007 7:58pm  
No no no no no. Silverware is kept in a special box in the china cabinet. It's all satin and mahogany. You don't put silverware in one of those plastic things!
darkshadowsseeker
(reply to Zang) posted 8-Sep-2007 8:05pm  
What you call cutlery, I call silverware. Granted, it's made of steel, but that's what I was raised to call it. In fact, everyone in my family calls it silverware. BTW-my silverware tray is made of metal with an white enamel coating & is extra deep since I have so much silverware.  * winking raspberry *
Zang
(reply to darkshadowsseeker) posted 8-Sep-2007 8:33pm  
That's just so wrong!
darkshadowsseeker
(reply to Zang) posted 8-Sep-2007 8:34pm  
 * laughing out loud * I know!  * grin *
MacGregor
posted 8-Sep-2007 10:04pm  
Silverware
cabinfever
posted 10-Sep-2007 1:46am  
Silverware, unless I just want one or the other.
Otter
posted 18-Sep-2007 8:56pm  
Fork, Spoon, and Spreader, I use the term "Knife" only for a cutting implement. Knife makes one think of something with an edge for cutting, unlike the spreader that lays next to the spoon. Collectively I call them "Eating Irons."
Amanda
posted 29-Sep-2007 12:21am  
Silverware or the actual name.
BenSimpleton72
posted 7-Oct-2007 11:48pm  
Those things besides your fingers that you use to eat that stuff.
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