The Age Old Etiquette Question - Right or Left?

This is the question that has baffled humans across the globe, to the extent of a quite heated discussion in the lounges of families alike. But what is the right answer: should you right or left?

Knives and Forks
There has always been a debate about which hand you should hold your fork and knife and there is probably a correct way of handling your kitchen utensils. But does it really matter? Whatever hand you hold each utensil in you still manage to complete your meal? However, apparently there is a correct way of using a knife and fork in order to please your guests or family members. The fork should be held in the left hand and the knife in the right. On the other hand, if you are eating a meal that only requires a fork, the fork is then in the right hand and if you don't want your companions scorning down on you with utter hatred, then follow these guidelines.

However, some people tend to always use their right hand all the time and use the knife in the left hand. To traditionalists that is seen as one big game of Opposite Day but it is, at the end of the day, all down to comfort when eating your meal. If you don't feel comfortable using your knife and fork the traditional way, then you are certainly entitled to use which ever hand you please.

Wedding Rings

Wedding Rings
The glamorous, iconic piece of jewellery that is the wedding ring is an item that is cherished and symbolises the beauty of the day that is a wedding, and when the priest tells you to put the ring on your wife's/husband's finger and say your vows, nine times out of ten it is put on the left hand. But, is that the only hand you can put it on?

Well, before medical science, people believed that a vein of blood ran down the third finger of the left hand and directly to the heart, naming that vein 'vena amori' which is Latin for the vein of love. The churches then believed this was the way that God wanted couples to wear their rings to show that bond of love between one another. How romantic! Well, couples deem that wearing a wedding ring on the same finger but on the right hand is acceptable. They say that a diamond ring on the third finger on the right hand symbolises economic independence, linking to the wage equality between men and women in the last 30 years. Also, gay and lesbian couples tend to wear their rings on the right hand to symbolise a monogamous relationship and also a message that anybody can get married legally, or should be allowed to get married legally.

Asking somebody whether they had the time could have sparked this debate up, as more and more people are questioning which wrist should you wear a watch on. It turns out; it all depends on the personal preference of the person. A man is supposed to wear his watch on the wrist on the non-dominant hand. In other words, if he is right handed, it should be worn on the left wrist so he can set/change it with his left. It is the same with a woman, but with the choice of wearing the watch face facing out at them or having it on the veins of their wrist. However, when it comes to an ambidextrous person the choice is theirs. Right wrist or left wrist today? Hmm...

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Justine Shearer
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