What Is the Superstition for Dropping a Fork?

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Superstition states to expect a female caller if one drops a fork. That is the most cited version of the superstition, although there isn’t complete agreement over which gender is associated with which piece of flatware.

Sometimes, dropping a fork is said to presage a visit by a gentleman, while dropping a spoon suggests a woman is going to come calling. At other times, a knife is involved, or the visitor is a child. One version of the superstition holds that dropping a fork means a lady will merely pay a visit, while dropping a spoon means you can expect a kiss. In fact, there are many superstitions and folklore sayings surrounding the dinner table.