A woman has sparked a fiery debate about cutlery etiquette after admitting to holding her knife in her left hand.
The baffled mum reached out to an internet forum to assist her with the dilemma which has haunted her for nine years when things kicked off.
The furious discussion was spotted on Mumsnet, where commenters flocked to have their say, with many offended by the user’s table manners.
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The initial post read that the user had been left confused after her partner mocked her for using the supposedly incorrect hand at mealtimes.
Writing on the parenting forum, she said: “I’m right-handed. I hold my fork in my right hand and knife in left. This is the way I’ve always done it and felt comfortable, was never told or taught the correct way.”
The woman added that she had suffered years of being told she wasn’t doing things the “proper” way by her other half and his family – including her mother-in-law.
“For years my partner has joked about how I can’t hold a knife and fork properly and even mentioned trying it the other way.
“I’ve tried – it doesn’t feel right to me. He told me that his mother would probably tell me to switch hands as it’s her ‘pet hate’.
“We’ve been together for 9 years. He’s not mentioned it for a while (until tonight) and I’ve avoided eating in front of his mother as much as possible else I feel paranoid. Feel like I’m being watched!”
The mum defended her position, insisting that she has perfect manners otherwise.
“I’m not a complete slob when It comes to eating or anything!” she wrote.
However, commenters were less than sympathetic with one calling her explanation ‘pathetic’.
“It’s about table manners. ‘It isn’t comfortable for me’ is a bit of a pathetic excuse,” the first fumed.
Someone else argued it “shows a disregard for social norms and disrespect”, saying it was “general laziness” if she “can’t be bothered spending a bit of time learning to do it properly”
Some other users admitted that she would be harshly judged if attending one of their dinner parties.
“Well I’d definitely notice and judge you for it I’m afraid,” one wrote.
However, the general conclusion was that it was her partner who was the unreasonable one.
“I would just ignore or take the p*** out of the way your partner holds theirs, that’s what I’ve done to my husband in the past. Don’t let it put you off of eating in front of people, especially his mother!” one more supportive comment read.
Another added: “Do what you feel most comfortable and ignore comments from small minded people.”
Someone else simply suggested: “Fork ’em!”