For an article in the Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology, the author must fork over $650 for “handling.”
Three prongs or more were better if the fork was to be used as a quasi-spoon, for conveying food from plate to mouth.
But she admits she still had much yet to learn about “the journey that food goes on” from farm to fork.
Old English forca "forked instrument used by torturers," a Germanic borrowing (cf. Old Norse forkr) from Latin furca "pitchfork; fork used in cooking," of uncertain origin.
Table forks were not generally used in England until 15c. The word is first attested in this sense in English in a will of 1463, probably from Old North French forque (Old French furche, Modern French fourche), from the Latin word. Of rivers, from 1753; of roads, from 1839.
"to divide in branches, go separate ways" (early 14c.), from fork (n.). Related: Forked; forking. The slang verb phrase fork up (or out) "give over" is from 1831.