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

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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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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

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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.

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

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

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