DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am wanting to purchase new flatware. The dinner knives and butter knives both come in serrated and non-serrated options. Is there one option that is more appropriate than the other, and why?
GENTLE READER: Serrated butter knives? How tough is your butter?
Miss Manners has to keep reminding people that flatware exists to provide tools for eating without excessive difficulty and mess. A plain sharp blade is adequate for serving most food, but if you are serving more challenging dishes, you might want those steel teeth. The idea is to arm the eaters to attack the meal.