In yesterday's Ask Amy column, a reader writing about European vs. American styles of handling a knife and fork stated "Particularly nasty are European eaters who smear mixed food on the backs of their forks."
I lived in Europe as a boy and quickly took to the European style of holding cutlery. I have always been very mindful of etiquette and my manners at the table. However, I have always pushed my peas on top of my mashed potatoes on the back of my fork. It has never occurred to me that this would be considered gross. Is this really a faux pas?