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Last edited at 9:26AM on 11/2/2010
I think it is a combination of both manner and opinion. An individual's manner is certainly influenced to some degree by that person's opinion. According to dining etiquette the perfect method for eating spaghetti or other long stringy pasta is to twirl it around your fork. It is also acceptable to cut pasta with a knife and fork. It's even correct to neatly cut the pasta if twirling is too hard. The point of etiquette rules is to make us feel comfortable. Table manners play an important part in making a favorable impression. They are visible signals of the state of our manners and reflect our personality and opinion.
Italian spaghetti eating etiquette calls for twirling your spaghetti. It reduces saucy messes for sure! Using the fork in your right hand (if you are right-handed) and a spoon in your left hand, catch some strands of spaghetti with the tines of your fork and then place the tips of the fork tines into the bowl of the spoon and begin winding the strands against the spoon while simultaneously gently raising your arms in unison, tugging and pulling the strands until you have a bite size portion wound onto your fork with no overhang or dripping sauce. Of course, there is no substitute for table manners, so don't forget to avoid speaking with your mouth full!!
I honestly think it is an option to twirl your spaghetti around your fork. Many people twirl their spaghetti around their fork but there isn't a rule that says you have to. I think you can also look at it as a habit.
I agree with nafa5577, I think it is a combination of the both. You don't have to twirl your pasta around your fork, but you also don't want to be slurping your pasta up as that is a bit obnoxious and not very polite.