[Ads-l] gold silverware

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Dec 4 14:04:52 EST 2020


> On Dec 4, 2020, at 12:17 AM, Peter Reitan <pjreitan at HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> I believe my parents used "plastic silverware" back in the '70s, and we always used stainless steel "silverware" except on special occasions, so gold silverware seems pretty normal to me.

Same here, and even wooden spoons recline comfortably in the silverware drawer, although I guess I wouldn’t actually classify them as wooden silverware. But while stainless steel may indeed be silverware it doesn’t count as silver. So “Hide the silver!” doesn’t apply to stainless steel cutlery much less plastic.

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> So much for oxymorons.
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> On Friday, December 4th, 2020 at 8:01 AM, David Daniel <dad at COARSECOURSES.C=
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>> From CNN.com " It was Thanksgiving, but instead of being seated at an
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>> elaborate table dressed with gold silverware..." Heh.
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