"without spoon"

Drew Danielson andrew.danielson at CMU.EDU
Wed May 15 15:37:41 UTC 2002

"James A. Landau" wrote:
> 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.

How about 'slotted spoon'?

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