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Flatware: Tablespoon vs. Soup Spoon vs. Dinner Spoon

vprasad | Aug 21, 201302:34 AM

Okay, anybody got an etymology on flatware terms "Tablespoon" and its relationship to "Soup Spoon" and "Dinner Spoon"? Is there some kind of regionalism involved in descriptions? Growing up on the east coast, we referred to the larger spoon in a dining set as the "tablespoon"... and some sets were sold with an even larger spoon called a "soup spoon". Moving out here to California, I'm hearing the larger spoon in the set referred to as a "soup spoon"... with nothing larger provided for eating actual soup. And in my research, I've found that some sets are sold with a "dinner spoon" rather than either tablespoon or soup spoon. Which is "right" and what are the histories behind the terms / acceptance of the terms?

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