The prongs of a fork are correctly called 'tines'. These metal spikes lend their name to Tyneside, and the first popularisation of forks. These plucky Northerners, with their stumpy arms, found it difficult to reach their mouths with their hands. Soon, the local steel mills were churning out thousands of "metal eating-hands", soon to be known simply as forks, or 'tinands' in the local vernacular.

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