Note: This question is not about the assertion from the Matrix that There is no spoon.

There are tablespoons and teaspoons which are two different things. However is there a plain spoon or does this just refer to any sized spoon?

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    This is no different, really, than table knives, pocket knives, carving knives, and filleting knives, all of which are subtypes of knives. I'm not sure what you're asking exactly; do you mean whether spoon in itself is a specific size and type of spoon, or whether it is just a generic term that covers all kinds of spoons? If that is the intended question, the answer is the latter: spoon in itself can refer to any type and size of spoon the context makes plausible. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jul 17 '14 at 8:06

Spoon: is the generic term from which others, like teaspoon, are derived.

  • A utensil consisting of a small, shallow bowl on a handle, used in preparing, serving, or eating food.

Ngram shows usage of spoon vs teaspoon and tablespoon.

Spoon Ngram

And according to Etymonline.com its origin dates back to the 14th century.

As the word for a type of eating utensil, c.1300 in English (in Old English such a thing might be a metesticca), in this sense supposed to be from Old Norse sponn, which meant "spoon" as well as "chip, tile."

  • The "eating utensil" sense is specific to Middle English and Scandinavian, though Middle Low German spon also meant "wooden spatula." To be born with a silver spoon in one's mouth is from at least 1719 (Goldsmith, 1765, has: "one man is born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and another with a wooden ladle").

Teaspoon and tablespoon are not just particular types of spoons but also, in the context of cooking, refer to certain volumes of ingredient. (Approximately 5mL and 15mL-20mL respectively, depending on your country). There is no spoon in this sense.

Though people can refer to a spoonful this is not a particular amount and would depend on the context as to how much it represents.

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