AIBU to think cutlery licking is disgusting and beyond the pale.

(35 Posts)
SaltaKatten Sat 06-Apr-13 18:27:11

We were sitting at the table today eating a scrumptious chicken puff pastry pie. DH had been berating dd1 for her table manners when I caught him licking the handle of his fork! He claims this was a compliment to the chef as he didn't want to waste any sauce. I was utterly disgusted as I don't want to see cutlery being licked at the table. To make matters worse he then burped. DH says this is all fine and noone on mumsnet would agree with me.

TidyDancer Sat 06-Apr-13 18:28:02

I don't like burping at the table but the cutlery thing wouldn't bother me.

Yama Sat 06-Apr-13 18:28:37

I lick my plate.

Burping (and farting) at the table is a no-no.

EffieTheDuck Sat 06-Apr-13 18:29:41

yanbu. Your dh is disgusting.

HoHoHoNoYouDont Sat 06-Apr-13 18:30:42

YABU. It's wrong to waste food grin

HotCrossPun Sat 06-Apr-13 18:30:42


SundaeGirl Sat 06-Apr-13 18:30:59

YABU. maybe not in front of the Queen, but he's at home.

ClaraOswald Sat 06-Apr-13 18:31:03

How was he using his fork to get the handle covered in sauce?

Mutt Sat 06-Apr-13 18:33:01

Not great manners no but "utterly disgusted" is a bit strong.

Have a wine and relax a little.

yousankmybattleship Sat 06-Apr-13 18:33:06

YABU and slightly uptight. Unless the Queen was there. Or Kate Middleton. I'd be put off by the burping but the fork licking thing is no biggie in my book.

floatyflo Sat 06-Apr-13 18:34:17

Eh? Licking cutlery? or rather not licking.

What new table etiquette is this?

I was bought up to not lick your knife in case you cut ya tongue. Not because it was seen as disgusting.

Although agree on gas - no no no. although two year old ds thinks its flippin' hilarious at the mo

floatyflo Sat 06-Apr-13 18:35:51

That should be brought shouldn't it? blush

AlfalfaMum Sat 06-Apr-13 18:36:01

Burping not on, did he even say excuse me?
The fork thing sounds pretty messy, although I'm not sure what the etiquette is for cleaning the handle. Not getting food on the handle in the first place springs to mind..


DH often sucks the blade of his knife, it drives me mental!

CremeEggThief Sat 06-Apr-13 18:37:53

YANBU. It's disgusting. I read your OP with my "euuugh" face firmly on.

znaika Sat 06-Apr-13 18:39:30

Licking cutlery is gross (worse still licking the foil top of a yoghurt) people who do it should get an ASBO, it's the only way to prevent the repulsion

SaltaKatten Sat 06-Apr-13 18:42:45

Hmm, obviously very divided opinions here. I stand by my thinking it is disgusting though. To make it worse it was a see through handle so I could see his tongue. I suppose I'm a bit particular about table manners and I can't abide licking cutlery, licking food before eating it or burping. Otherwise I think I'm fairly relaxed =)

uncongenial Sat 06-Apr-13 18:43:26

He sounds sloppy and a hypocrite to boot (berating dc for table manners prior to the incident) wink

Purpleknickers Sat 06-Apr-13 18:46:26

I think it's disgusting too FWIW. I actually fell out with a good friend who criticised the way my nephew held his fork but then proceeded to lick her knife.
To be fair the argument had been brewing for 2 years but it was over a year ago and we've still not spoken.

UnChartered Sat 06-Apr-13 18:48:18

one should NEVER fart before the queen....

always let her go first


McNewPants2013 Sat 06-Apr-13 18:50:18

Depends on where you live, in some countries burping on the table is seen as a compliment.

floatyflo Sat 06-Apr-13 18:52:58

UnChartered grin

Fenton Sat 06-Apr-13 18:54:06


You must have the same joke book as my DH.

UnChartered Sat 06-Apr-13 18:55:47

it's a very old joke Fenton

is your DH <ahem> very old too?


catkind Sat 06-Apr-13 18:56:26

Title made me LOL, how else do you get the food off the cutlery? Even handles wouldn't bother me tbh if it was just a little spill. If it got really mucky like dropped in the sauce I'd suggest rinsing.

He may as well lick his plate too while he's at it. Yuck!

SaltaKatten Sat 06-Apr-13 19:00:16

It was very mucky! I did give him some tissue paper to wipe it with after the initial licking.

zwischenzug Sat 06-Apr-13 19:08:08

Presumably lollipops and ice cream cones are banned in your house OP?

zwischenzug Sat 06-Apr-13 19:09:49

And other activities of the tongue...

Estherbelle Sat 06-Apr-13 19:11:13


BumpingFuglies Sat 06-Apr-13 19:12:40

What are you doing with plastic handled cutlery at the table anyway? How revolting.

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Sat 06-Apr-13 19:12:50

There's far worse things he could be doing. confused

complexnumber Sat 06-Apr-13 19:13:04

"To make it worse it was a see through handle so I could see his tongue."

That makes you both brilliantlly lovable and silly!

May I suggest that you invest in some different non-see-through cutlery for your DH, or possibly adopt a different seating position around the table so that you cannot view his tongue through the offending cutlery.

Can I come for tea some time please?

OHforDUCKScake Sat 06-Apr-13 19:13:37

Life is too short OP.

SaltaKatten Sat 06-Apr-13 19:16:09

complexnumber, you made me laugh =)
I know it's not a huge deal, but it's one of those things that I just can't stand and I hate to see it. We do have a mixed assortment of cutlery so I'll try to ensure he doesn't have the see through cutlery in the future =)
I don't mind lollies and icecream, they were made for licking. In fact, in the right circumstances, I am all for licking!

Shelly32 Sat 06-Apr-13 19:17:11

complexnumber I missed that! I love those quirky things that make people amazing!
Asides from that point I tend to agree with 'life's too short'. Let DH enjoy himself!

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