DEAR MISS MANNERS: PLEASE TELL ME THE CORRECT USE OF A FORK FOR CUTTING FOOD. I THINK IT VERY BAD MANNERS TO CUT MEAT, PIZZA, ETC., WITH THE SIDE OF YOUR FORK. I THINK A KNIFE SHOULD BE USED. YOUR ANSWER PLEASE.
GENTLE READER: First, Miss Manners begs you to get a grip on yourself. People who are shouting should not be allowed to grip knives.
In fact, this is connected with the historic basis for the rule that anything that can be cut with the fork should be, and knives should be used as little as possible. It seems that hot-tempered people in the 18th century were wielding their dinner knives a bit too freely.