Embarassing to have to admit this at such an advanced age... I can tackle an artichoke or pick a crab with the best of them, but I have never eaten a raw oyster. Why? I don't know how!
Yeah, that sounds goofy, but I simply don't know whether to swallow them whole or to chew.
I can find tons of info online about safety concerns, oyster varieties, best raw bars... but not a single page that explains the proper way to actually eat the darned things. None of my friends or family seem to be versed in this art, either. (and we're Marylanders, for goodness sake, there's a whole bay full of oysters a few miles away)