A Conversation for Cutlery
Sho - employed again! Started conversation May 30, 2001
OK, I saw this mentioned under the spork article too... I was under the impression that the cross between a fork and spoon was called a runcible spoon. So famously used by the Owl and the Pussycat for eating a Quince/Mince concoction.
Icarus Posted May 30, 2001
I believe it's an Americanism, generally applied to the plastic variety that functions effectively as neither a spoon nor a fork. I'd never heard of a runcible spoon before you mentioned it. Or rather, hadn't heard of calling it that, if it's the same as or similar to a spork.
Fragilis - h2g2 Cured My Tabular Obsession Posted May 30, 2001
Sporks and runcible spoons are basically the same. Typically, sporks are plastic and runcible spoons are metal. The spork is a modern descendant. It gained ascendancy in the 1950s in American prisons and schools, because it was thought that sporks could not be used as weapons and children could not accidentally injure themselves with them.
Nowadays, a few American fast food restaurants (some of which serve soup or other spoon-happy foods) use sporks. By doing so, they can purchase larger bulk of a single utensil instead of smaller quantities of multiple utensils. You can also find sporks for sale in many grocery stores these days, though I often wonder who buys them.
Sho - employed again! Posted May 30, 2001
Ah. We used to have Tupperware ones, and whenever my mum used them we had to go through the whole of the Owl and the Pussycat, and then we wanted to know what a Quince was......
Lonnytunes - Winter Is Here Posted May 30, 2001
Fascinating. Originally, I didn't include the spork in the article on the grounds that it was, at best, a distant relative of flatware and had nothing to do with cutlery. Eventually I weakened. The reason? I just knew a thread called "What about the spork?" would appear if I didn't include it.
Hey presto. I turn on my computer this morning to find a thread on sporks and one on the Swiss Army knife
Interesting info about the runcible spoon. I didn't know such a thing existed. Anyone know anything about its history? Maybe if someone posts something then Ashley or Sam can include it in the yarn when they check the threads in the morning (Brit time).
Sho - employed again! Posted May 31, 2001
Since Aunty doesn't allow outside links from messages, you might like to read an extract from "The Straight Dope" website, which I found by entering Runcible Spoon into the "[URL removed by moderator]" search engine. The whole entry is quite long, so I've just included the last bit. It is worth a read though. And, furthermore, how could I have possibly *slaps forehead* forgotten Aunt Jobiska's runcible cat with crimson whiskers??!! Edward Lear has a lot to answer for.
"Modern students of runciosity believe that while it may have been inspired by the word "rouncival" (apparently meaning gigantic), runcibilization as we know it today was
the invention of Edward Lear.
But the runcible-spoon-as-pickle-fork idea has taken firm root. One sighs, but what can you do? I expect the discovery of the Bong-tree any day. "
Lonnytunes - Winter Is Here Posted May 31, 2001
When the article is updated - sometime in the distant future - the runcible spoon could be added to this paragraph
Implements with the bowl of a spoon, the tines of a fork and the cutting edge of a knife (known commercially as 'le fork' or 'splayds')
Uncle Ghengis Posted Nov 17, 2004
Edward Lear does indeed have a lot to answer for. Call that nonsense poetry! Pah. I much prefer Lewis Caroll or Hilaire Belloc.
But he was a very good artist. (Mr Lear that is)
("Bong with a luminous nose indeed!")
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