"without spoon"

James A. Landau JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Wed May 15 15:35:16 UTC 2002

This is a type of spoon, typically tablespoon-sized, with a few holes cut in it so that you can dredge solid objects (e.g. ice cubes, dumplings) out of liquid and let the liquid picked up by the spoon drain out.

The only name I know for this implement is "without spoon".  I heard this name from a woman born about 1945 and raised in the Muskegon Michigan area.  She implied that "without spoon" was a term used in her family, and did not know if it was a widely-used term.

     - James A. Landau

P.S.  This is the only usage I know of in which "without" is not a preposition.

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