I always call the pancake flipper a spatula, although my home ec teacher tried to teach me to call that a "turner." She insisted a spatula was the bowl scraping tool. So now I wind up calling them both spatulas. I know what I mean even if it didn't meet with her approval! What's your favorite kitchen tool?
They are both spatulas to me. The one I use to scrape the bowl and stir has been called a "spoonula" since it is a spoon as well. But I just call it a spatula when I scrape and a spoon when I stir. Huh, that's funny. Never thought about calling the same tool two things. That is one of my favorite tools, BTW. It is made of a heat resistant (to 500F) silicon so you can use it for cooking too.
I call the spatula (for flipping pancakes, grilled foods, etc) a spatula, and the other a "rubber spatula." Don't know where I first heard the term. I've heard of the term spoontula too, but it never caught on with me.
i call them both spatulas and sometimes call the pancake turner the flipper. -molly
I call them both spatulas, but I guess other people call the rubber spatulas "scrapers."
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