False dichotomies abound in human societies. That between the spoon and fork is a symbolic and palatable example. These two objects are seen as alternates in form and function among plate-to- mouth utensils (in North America). Unknown to many is a unique hybrid utensil that shares features of both spoon and fork- t h e spork. The spork is ambiguous, eclectic, perplexing and peripheral.
By Jeff Zick, 1995