1. Usually, orts. a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal.

When a customer leaves behind orts on their plate and they say something like, “Oh, I tried! I just couldn’t finish the huge Idaho spud!” I like to wink and say, “You’ve got to leave a little behind to have a little behind.” I usually walk away before hearing their response so I don’t know if I should stop saying this or not.

Not long ago, I accidentally dropped a fork on a customer around my age. With a quick smile he said loudly, “What the fork?!”

Then when everyone was finished and I asked if I could take his plate, he said, “Yes, stick a fork in me. I mean, please, not again!”

I should’ve used the “behind” line on him! I think he would have really appreciated it.

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