2016年3月，中国游客在泰国“铲虾”的视频引发国内网民关于“吃相”的热议。字面上讲，“吃相”是吃饭的样子和姿态，似乎与个人习惯有关，是“教养”问题。“吃相”，英语译为table manners，有good table manners（良好吃相）和bad/poor table manners（难看吃相），以及proper table manners（高雅吃相）和improper table manners（不雅吃相）之分。吃相优劣，会产生截然不同的效果。例如：
1. Grandma said to her grandson, “You should have good table manners, especially in front of guests.”
2. The manly woman drank like a fish and ate like a pig. We were all really surprised by her bad table manners.
3. Whether you are eating at a restaurant or dining in your friend’s home, proper table manners are likely to help you make a good impression.
4. The American has notoriously poor table manners. He slurps his soup, chomps his chocolate cake, spills his salt and belches his blessings.
“吃相”还可以译为way of eating。例如：
5. I noticed there was some similarity between the dog’s way of eating and its owner’s.
一些英汉词典将table manners译为“餐桌礼仪”，又与民族习俗相连，变成文化问题。西方国家的table manners除了表示吃饭的样子，还强调如何使用刀叉和杯盘之类餐具。例如：
6. In Western countries, table manners refer to how to behave when you eat a meal, including how to handle cutlery and how to eat in a civilized manner.
7. All rules of table etiquette are made to avoid vulgarity and ugliness.
The Origin of Forks
In medieval England, people used to eat with a knife and sometimes with their hands. When forks became quite common in Renaissance Italy, they were not generally accepted in England. The introduction of the table fork into England changed the English people’s way of eating. For instance, the use of forks made it possible for them to consume berries without making their fingers dirty. Forks were introduced to Britain in 1608 and 25 years later, the first table fork reached America. Talking of the use of forks, there are a few clear differences between what’s normal in America and what holds true in Britain. For example, in America, when food needs cutting with a knife, people generally cut a bite, then lay aside the knife and switch the fork to their right hand. Then they pick up one bite at a time. By contrast, Britons keep the fork in the left hand and don’t lay the knife down. Early forks had only two tines. The four-tined fork became usual at the end of the 18th century in England.