DEAR MISS MANNERS: When my 11-year-old son eats fried eggs (sunny side up), he first separates the entire yolk with his fork and puts it in his mouth in its entirety. After the last yolk, he then eats the egg whites.
I think it's rude and that an entire yolk is too big to put in one's mouth. His mother agrees. Can you settle a family dispute?
GENTLE READER: Your son can lift out the entire yolk with a fork without breaking it? Wow. Can he -- Whoops. That's the reaction you are trying to avoid, isn't it? Miss Manners does not mean to encourage your talented son to annoy you. Etiquette does not have a specific rule against eating egg parts separately, but it does have one against upsetting your parents at the table.