What is the Fork-Dropping Superstition?

If one drops a fork, superstition says to anticipate a call from a woman. Although there is some disagreement on which gender corresponds to which piece of flatware, it is the version of the superstition that is most frequently recounted.

Dropping a fork is sometimes thought to portend the arrival of a male, while dropping a spoon implies a woman will be coming. Sometimes the visitor is a child or there is a knife involved.

According to one version of the superstition, losing a fork indicates that a girl will only pay you a visit, whereas dropping a spoon indicates that you can anticipate a kiss. In actuality, there are numerous urban legends and superstitions related to the dining table.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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