A Conversation for Forks
Cheerful Dragon Started conversation Jul 4, 2000
The poem 'The Owl and the Pussycat' by Edward Lear contains the line, 'They dined on mince and slices of quince which they ate with a runcible spoon'. A runcible spoon is a three-tined fork.
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BuskingBob Posted Jul 4, 2000
Not only is it a 3 tined fork, it has a cutting edge on one side. There was a forum a few months back about the plastic versions of these; the name spork seems to have been coined for them.
Whatever material they are made of, I will always call them runcible spoons in honour of Mr Lear.
manolan Posted Jul 5, 2000
I thought a spork was a spo(on fo)rk, not a knife fork.
BuskingBob Posted Jul 5, 2000
A runcible spoon has broad curbed tines, and looks like a spoon with slots cut in it.
Cheerful Dragon Posted Jul 5, 2000
Besides, although the edge of a spoon isn't as sharp as a knife blade, you can cut with it. Try eating something like peach halves with a spoon and you'll see what I mean. Unless, of course, your mouth is big enough to fit a peach half into without cutting it (the peach) into smaller pieces!
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