This week’s episode of Every Little Thing, “Forks: One Utensil’s Battle for Respect“, is a quick, engaging history of forks. Many folks living in cultures dominated by European traditions don’t get how abnormal the use of forks really is, but they were viewed as elitist, demonic and undemocratic for centuries. This episode is a good overview of the strange story of this weird utensil.
While spoons, knives, and chopsticks have been commonplace for centuries, forks didn’t make it to most silverware drawers until the mid-1800s. What took so long? ELT investigates.