Oft-criticized American table manners have European origin

06/27/2013 | Slate

Although the "cut-and-switch" practice of laying the knife down and switching the fork from left to right hand after cutting through food is thought to be a uniquely American etiquette standard, historians believe that the practice began in Europe. Some experts are advocating a shift to the more efficient -- and globally accepted -- practice of keeping knives and forks in-hand instead of shifting.

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