noun cutting instruments collectively, especially knives for cutting food. utensils, as knives, forks, and spoons, used at the table for serving and eating food. the trade or business of a cutler.
What is the plural of cutlery? Is ‘cutlery’ an uncountable noun? Is it cutleries? Or is it just cutlery? In Canada we say multiple beer are beers but multiples moose are not mooses.
Pluralisation is a grammatical conundrum. Can flatware be flatwares? Can silverware be silvewares? They all seems to be cursed. Spoon is spoons, fork is forks, knife is knives but cutlery and flatware just don’t seem to enjoy being pluralized.
Over at https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/cutlery they say “cutlery (countable and uncountable, plural cutleries)”. This isn’t helping. And someone else says “Cutlery is an uncountable noun. We cannot say a cutlery, but we can say, the cutlery, some cutlery or much cutlery.”
In an interesting article at Punchng.com Akeem Lasisi dives into this unusual cutlery writing problem. It’s something that has plagued us for years and we find it interesting. You might not, but we do, and sometimes we do post for us 🙂
A little bit of musical cutlery history today. This is flatware that really sings.
These very rare knives are known as notation knives. They are inscribed with a thank you for the meal prayer: ‘The blessing of the table. May the three-in-one bless that which we are about to eat.’ On the other side the inscription reads: ‘The saying of grace. We give thanks to you God for your generosity.’
These 16th-century knives are in museum collections around the world, including examples at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Musée national de la Renaissance at Château d’Ecouen in France.
Each knife represents one part for a singer. A set of knives creates a complete symphony chorus of voices.
OK fellow flatware and cutlery experts out there. This TikTok video about leaving your silverware sparkling is everywhere. We need to talk about it.
It is proposed that a chemical reaction occurs between the aluminum and the ingredients in the dishwasher tablet. The foil itself doesn’t clean the cutlery, but as the tablet dissolves it reacts with the metal and shines the cutlery.
Rumor has it that the baking soda in the tablets is what does the powerful cleaning effect. These two components (and with water) remove silver sulfide – also known as tarnish – through an electrochemical reaction in warm water. We’ve talked about this before at this post.
But one big question: Wouldn’t this happen anyways if you had some cast aluminum cookware in the dishwasher?
And one big point to make: This works for only SILVERWARE not for regular stainless steel cutlery and the like. Your regular day to day scratched up forks, knives and spoons are going to get sparkling shiny for this hack.
Have a nice a sparkling day!
PS – That ball of foil will bounce around and likely land in the bottom and jam up your sprayer.