Originally Posted by scientific
despite the fantasies of countless euro***s this is not a definitive American style. about 99% of Americans use their fork and knife correctly, ie not switching hands after cutting. not sure why anyone would want to affect this style as it evokes nothing other than barbarism of the purely distasteful sort.
the standard style is logical and efficient as most people are right handed, and the knife, which requires more dexterity, and is a sharp, pointed knife, should be held in the hand less likely to result in terrible accidents.
now, if you want to intentionally use your left hand to develop its dexterity, that is understandable.
Although I'm left handed - I use my right hand to do incisions with scalpels and my right hand to suture. The way we learned is being handed off half sutured things and having a consultant look over while you work. So you had to finish sutures right handed because the partially finished sutures' orientation forced you to. The few times I assisted a surgical consultant who was purely left handed it was disorienting.
I know the formal ways of eating, but adjust accordingly. If you're at a fucking barbecue then eat with your hands and enjoy yourself. If you're amongst close friends/family then go head a break all the rules you want.
But if you're at a formal setting then by all means use your knowledge and do it properly.
I just hate when I'm corrected by people who think they are doing something right when in fact they're flat out wrong or there are no rules mandating so - like being told that eating with a fork with my left hand is rude.