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Apostrophes Are Free

I recently received a comment from someone stating that my blog was “disappointing.” Apparently I am looking for attention in my whining and that I am too busy because of this to fix what is wrong. Everyone is entitled to free speech, my blog included. You are entitled to not like it, but your comment was less than constructive and rather whiney as well.   Maybe I should “whine” some more and discuss what you wrote?

Encourage a little constructive criticism.

Here is the comment in whole:

The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as much as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, but I actually thought youd have something interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could fix if you werent too busy looking for attention.

I’d like to first address that you commented on Censored, the SOPA/PIPA post. Hello, maybe you should educate yourself on why I was posting and realize that I wasn’t whining. I was helping to draw attention to a national issue that could adversely effect my blog (regardless of how pointless you may see my blog as being) and the rest of the Internet in its entirety.

Secondly, I apparently have nothing interesting to say.  My blog, like SO many others out there, will not speak to everyone.  I do not write my blogs for a place to find information on a new product OR to discuss what’s going on in America today all day everyday OR to be educational.  I write my blog simply for my pleasure, and if you had looked at my page, “The Truth Behind the Name,” you would have understood a little more as to why I write.  It’s a recreational blog.

In general, I like to write.  I went to school for marketing and found a strange love for copywriting.  I get to speak(write) in someone else’s voice and make a product sound more fun and more interesting.  Most of my posts here stem from the occasional inability to sleep or some frustration in what I have been dealing with.  I started it during my last year in college and it has stemmed into my after college life, naturally.  I use my time effectively enough to try and right every “problem” that I blog about.

Next time that I receive a comment (although I know that this request may seem selfish and is completely out of my hands), if someone wants to comment negatively, not constructively, I would suggest that you properly learn how to use a apostrophe (they’re free!) when employing a contraction.  Hey! I’m not perfect: I make a few comma splices, misspell a word here and there, and occasional use a dangling modifier.  I would also suggest you offer advice on how to fix the problem, whatever it may be.  As one person I cannot “fix” SOPA/PIPA by myself, but in order to be heard, signing petitions, writing to my congressmen, and writing a blog were the correct paths to take for the fixing.  <—–  See what I did there, I offered a suggestion in how you can fix something.  I was being constructive.

You may think I’m whining, but I’m just pointing out that I don’t write for you, I write for myself.  If people enjoy what I write, AWESOME.  If they don’t, I never made them read it.  It’s not as if they just paid $11 to go watch a crappy movie in which they’ll never get back that money or time spent.

PS – I have some cheese if you’d like.



Do You Know How to Fork and Knife?

American or Continental? Sounds as if I were to ask you what airline you prefer.  Rather, I’m simply talking about dining styles.  So, do you dine using the American style or the Continental style?  In a Dining Etiquette course I partook in earlier today, I learned that it doesn’t matter which style you use, as long as you’re consistent with using it throughout the meal.  Change between and it can be a mistake that may cost you a job, client, or simple loss of character.

It’s that serious people.  Don’t wipe your entire face off with your napkin, just dab at the corners of your mouth.  Always hold your wine glass by the stem, never by the goblet.  Sit a palm’s width away from the table and never sit directly with your butt against the back of the chair.  Posture is KEY.  And when you eat soup, scoop away, scoop away, scoop away (Finding Nemo anyone?) from you, never towards you.  Oh, and make sure that when you’re cutting your food, that the top of your utensils are covered in the palm of your hand, ensures proper control.  Also really good for practice if you ever plan on becoming a surgeon.  Oh, and no elbows on the table.  FYI, no elbows on the table has been engrained into me since I was about five.  It actually annoys me when I see people doing it.  I’ve even corrected someone once or twice.  I’m not OCD.  Honest.  At least not to the point of needing medical attention.

So, back to the original question:  American or Continental?

The American style, to me, is dumb.  Always thought so, even when my parents tried to teach me when I was a wee little one. When you have to cut something (NOTE: I’m right handed, so left handers need to do the exact opposite), hold the knife in your right hand and the fork in your left hand.  This way you’re cutting with the dominate hand and things should generally cut easier.  When you’re done cutting, place the knife on your plate, blade facing in (so if anyone gets hurt, it’s you), then switch the fork from your left hand back to your right.  Proceed to eat.  But you’re not done: make sure the prongs are facing upward when placing that piece of food you worked so hard for on your tongue.  And for general intents and and purposes, PLEASE DO NOT scrape the fork with your teeth; that’s just annoying and I’m sure uncouth in some situations.  Also, unoccupied hands remain in your lap.  Maybe Americans just liked to fool around where no one could see…..

The Continental Style, is more my thing.  However, truth be told, I utilize this style as if I were left handed.  I also hold my playing cards as if I were left handed and I think a few other things, but they escape me at the moment.  Everything else I do, is right, in more ways than one.  Back to the style:  You start out American with your fork in your left and your knife in your right, but you remain that way throughout the meal.  There’s no need to put the knife down, you use it to push food onto your fork.  However, when you bring the food up, the fork prongs face downward, unless you’re scooping up peas or something similar.  Both hands remain above the table from the wrist up.  Supposedly this reasoning behind this was so no one could reach for the weapon they were hiding under the table.  Can we take a second and refer back to the bar scene in Inglourious Basterds?

I guess you could say that my style evolved from having a father born in Hungary and a mother born in America.  Just like both cultures prefer their food, Hungarian being goulash and Irish being stews, I melded the too forms together into one.  If I have to, I’ll just say that I’m a left handed eater, but right handed everything else.  It’s the only way to be properly proper without being completely proper.  Make sense?  Doesn’t have to as long as I’m being consistent.  American takes too much time and Continental is simply efficient.  No brainer.  But stay true to you and how you eat (as long as you’re not bringing back the medieval style).

So there really isn’t a moral to this.  I learned things, I already knew things, and I probably won’t apply everything 100% to my dining.  And my one question: If someone you either may potentially work for or do work for judges you solely on how precisely you hold your fork, do you really want to be working for them?  I’m not putting dining etiquette down, because it is important to know the in’s and out’s, but that place of employment has the chance of not being the proper fit for you.  I’m just being realistic.

So, the decision is yours, American or Continental.