I did not know this.
The fuck is wrong with rich people ‘hey do you want a second plate’ no i want to make up a secret passive aggressive fork language so we can titter mockingly at that rube from the country who says he enjoyed the meal with his fucking mouth
I love knowing etiquette for dining and flags and shit so i can intentionally NOT OBSERVE THEM
You’re all ignorant fucking barbarians.
Etiquette was not invented to mock people. The point of etiquette is to be polite and to not make those around you uncomfortable (for example, it is bad etiquette to chew gum because it’s disgusting to those who have to see/hear it). Some forms of etiquette become antiquated and change as society changes. Above is an example of a form of etiquette that no longer fits the needs of our society and is petering out.
All there is to it.
Just because the unwashed mob with its backwards baseball caps and flip-flops and tattoos doesn’t want to bother with something is no reason to discard it. We live in a rude age where nobody gives a shit about anyone else and let’s their monstrous children run around shrieking in public, knocking things over, while they bellow their silly conversations on their cell phones. Nice things don’t cease to matter just because ignorant clods cease to care about them.
Now I will say that my understanding of using silverware to indicate something has been limited to placing knife and fork at the 12 and 6 position with the fork tines down in order to tell the waiter or waitress (I find the term “server” demeaning) that I’m done. But none seem to pay attention. They can’t even bother to notice that I have just taken a bite or have a forkful of food millimeters from my mouth when they come up and ask a question.
Nobody pays attention and nobody gives a shit anymore, and that’s the problem of this uncouth age.