Chopsticks are shaped pairs of equal length sticks that have been used as the traditional ancient kitchen and eating utensils in virtually all of East Asia for over six thousand years. Chopsticks are smoothed and frequently tapered, and are commonly made of bamboo, plastic, wood, or stainless steel. Chopsticks are held in the dominant hand, between the thumb and fingers, and used to pick up pieces of food. The English word "chopstick" may have derived from Chinese Pidgin English, in which "chop chop" meant "quickly". In Japanese, chopsticks are called hashi (箸). They are also known as otemoto (おてもと), a phrase commonly printed on the wrappers of disposable chopsticks. Te means hand and moto means the area under or around something. The preceding o is used for politeness. See "Chopsticks". Wikipedia. Retrieved 2015-11-24.