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Entry from December 23, 2020
“If knives and forks are cutlery, spoons are scooplery”

The knife, fork and spoon constitute “cutlery,” but many people believe that only the knife qualifies at cutlery because it “cuts.” Forks have sometimes been called “stablery” ("stab") or “pokelery” ("poke"), and spoons have been called “scoopery” ("scoop"). These jocular terms have been printed on many images.

“So what would soup spoons be? Scooplery? Diplery?” was posted on the newsgroup alt.fan.cecil-adams on February 28, 2011. “Knives and forks are cutlery. Spoons are scooplery. Sporks are scootlery. I REST MY CASE. #dustshands” was posted on Twitter by Economy Participant on June 13, 2011.

“New rule: Going forward ‘cutlery’ will only refer to knives. Spoons will fall under the category of ‘scooplery’, forks will be ‘pokelery’” was posted on Twitter by Miles More-illest on July 19, 2011. “Only knife is cutlery. Fork is pokelery. Spoon is scooplery” was posted on Twitter by Jerry Kitchen on June 21, 2019. “Cutlery = knives Pokelery = forks Scooplery = spoons” was posted on Twitter by PaikinAndEggnogs on October 17, 2020.

“@FuntCaseUK shopping for some cutlery? Don’t forget the scooplery or the stablery” was posted on Twitter by Ash on April 12, 2012. “Cutlery. Stablery. Scooplery. http://pinterest.com/pin/184858759674894355/” was posted on Twitter by Gremlin on April 18, 2012. “Why is it called cutlery? There’s cutlery, stablery, and scooplery” was posted on Twitter by vCe on June 22, 2012.

“If knives and forks are cutlery, spoons are scooplery” was posted on Reddit—Showerthoughts on December 23, 2020.


Wikipedia: Cutlery
Cutlery includes any hand implement used in preparing, serving, and especially eating food in Western culture. A person who makes or sells cutlery is called a cutler.
(...)
The major items of cutlery in Western culture are the knife, fork and spoon. These three implements first appeared together on tables in Britain in the Georgian era.

Google Groups: alt.fan.cecil-adams
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Veronique
Feb 28, 2011, 7:58:41 PM
(...)
> I suppose grapefruit spoons might fall into the category of cutlery, but
> I’m not so sure about the others. (Forks are honorary cutlery, since you
> can use them to hold down whatever you’re cutting.)

So what would soup spoons be? Scooplery? Diplery?

Twitter
Economy Participant
@tomOdaighre
Knives and forks are cutlery. Spoons are scooplery. Sporks are scootlery. I REST MY CASE. #dustshands
12:00 PM · Jun 13, 2011·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Miles More-illest
@FareedBlackman
New rule: Going forward “cutlery” will only refer to knives. Spoons will fall under the category of “scooplery”, forks will be “pokelery.”
8:58 AM · Jul 19, 2011·TweetDeck

Twitter
Ash
@azivc
Replying to @FuntCaseUK
@FuntCaseUK shopping for some cutlery? Don’t forget the scooplery or the stablery.
8:56 AM · Apr 12, 2012·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Gremlin
@wastedinc
Cutlery. Stablery. Scooplery. http://pinterest.com/pin/184858759674894355/
6:44 AM · Apr 18, 2012·Pinterest

Twitter
vCe
@toricarlson66
Why is it called cutlery? There’s cutlery, stablery, and scooplery.
9:47 AM · Jun 22, 2012·Twitter for iPad

Twitter
Sandy Piehl
@sandypdot
Cutlery Stablery Scooplery http://pinterest.com/pin/221661612883341323/
4:55 PM · Nov 2, 2013·Pinterest

Twitter
PU Nabil #RakyatJagaRakyat
@NabilHussein
Knife is a cutlery. Fork is a stablery and spoon is a scooplery.
9:41 PM · Dec 2, 2013·UberSocial for BlackBerry

Twitter
Will Valenti (Star Wars spoilers)
@WillValenti
Really, only knives are cutlery. Forks are stablery, and spoons are scooplery.
1:08 PM · Dec 7, 2013 from Meriden, CT·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Lou
@SweetLouCookies
#cutlery #stablery #scooplery Educate yourself on tableware! http://instagram.com/p/oV2ifQTR7Q/
9:43 AM · May 23, 2014·Instagram

Twitter
Ryan’s Fiction
@FreshClemonade
Shouldn’t forks and spoons be called stablery and scooplery instead of cutlery?
10:52 AM · Nov 9, 2014·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Michael Golvach
@mikegolvach
If knives can be referred to as cutlery, it seems only fair that forks should be able to be referred to as pokelery
10:56 PM · Mar 25, 2015·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Dr. Twittenheimer
@DrTwittenheimer
Why is it called cutlery? At least as much of it is pokelery or scooplery.
7:11 AM · Jul 1, 2015·Twitter for Android

Twitter
james hunt (.us)
@iamjameshunt
If forks had been invented before knives, would we call silverware “pokelery”?
9:45 AM · Jul 24, 2015·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Gemma
@GemmaRambles
Shouldn’t a spoon be considered scooplery, not cutlery?
4:16 AM · Aug 9, 2015·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
MJGlass
@MJGlass2
The word “cutlery” actually applies only to knives. Spoons and forks are scooplery and pokelery.
6:23 PM · Mar 1, 2017·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Jerry Kitchen
@gregorycochrane
Only knife is cutlery.
Fork is pokelery.
Spoon is scooplery.
8:42 PM · Jun 21, 2019·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Jim Simons
@pippinsboss
Cutlery is a strange word. It seems to me that knives, forks and spoons should be curlery, pokelery and scooplery.
4:42 PM · Mar 21, 2020·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Allan Joseph
@AllanJo007
I’ll never understand why we call knives “cutlery”, but we don’t call spoons “scooplery” and forks “stablery” smh.
4:23 PM · Jul 23, 2020·Twitter for Android

Twitter
PaikinAndEggnogs
@PaikinAndEggs
Cutlery = knives
Pokelery = forks
Scooplery = spoons
Surely.
4:03 PM · Oct 17, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/mypostisbad December 23, 2020
If knives and forks are cutlery, spoons are scooplery
COMMENTS
CJamesEd
Actually a fork would be pokelry

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Wednesday, December 23, 2020 • Permalink