Believe it or not, the fork was a controversial utensil and not accepted in all countries until the mid 1600s.
The word fork comes from the Latin word furca, meaning pitchfork. Many cultures made a connection between the pitchfork and the devil. The Greeks used forks until a princess died shortly after eating with one and then banned its use believing it was a punishment for using a utensil associated with the devil.
Until forks were used, only wooden spoons and knives were placed at the table setting. However, a two prong fork would be used as a serving utensil. People believed forks were unnecessary because they thought that’s what fingers are for.
England first began manufacturing forks in 1632. Charles I of England declared, “it is decent to use a fork” in 1633. Even then, only the wealthy began to use them.
Today, it would be an etiquette faux pas to use your fingers rather than a fork. Unless of course, you’re enjoying fried or barbecue chicken at an outdoor picnic. Then that is what fingers are for. Just be sure to use your napkin too.