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Old 05-15-2013, 09:57 PM   #11
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At one time I had the impression that dinner was a fancier word for supper. Rich people had dinner, we had supper.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:16 PM   #12
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What do you call your meals?
Sometimes Betty, sometimes Pete. Oh, that's not what you meant?

As a native Clevelander we had breakfast, lunch and dinner. Or supper. We used those terms interchangeably. I guess it depended on whether it was a BIG meal, like salad, a roast, potatoes and vegetables, or something smaller like fried bologna and onions. (The Food Police would have had a field day with that one!)

It was always dinner for Sundays or holidays though. That's when Mom went full-out with meals and we always waddled away from the table.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:27 PM   #13
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I think this question has "geographical" answers. In other words, in our region (which is and always has been a heavily-farmed area) the midday meal is called dinner.

As a bit of an explanation, the farmers here begin their days at or before the crack of dawn, usually with a hearty breakfast because they have hours of work ahead of them. Then, at midday they return home for another more substantial meal to sustain them for their remaining hours, which, by the way, are spent in the heat of the day. This environment does sap one's energy, hence the need for a hearty "dinner" near noontime.

So...here, it's breakfast, dinner and supper.

However, there's still room for enjoying a "special" evening dinner.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:46 PM   #14
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Breakfast, lunch and supper...we go out for dinner and have dinner on holidays.

It comes down to napkins, paper towels for supper, nice paper napkins for dinner.
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:20 PM   #15
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I was always confused as a child, my parents always said "breakfast, dinner and supper". We'd go to a restaurant and they would have a lunch menu and a dinner menu, to me lunch and dinner were the same thing, supper was the evening meal.

Since moving away, I've come accustomed to saying "breakfast, lunch, and dinner". I now feel that this is more correct, but dinner and supper can be used interchangeably.

The midday meal at school was always called lunch. So confusing as a child. My dad would get confused when he would visit and I asked him what he wanted for dinner, he'd say "I've already eaten lunch".
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:57 PM   #16
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Growing up in Minnesota, we always had Sunday dinner at about 2 PM on Sunday afternoon, but the rest of the week dinner was the evening meal. Breakfast (every day) and lunch (the other 6 days) were at the usual times. Sunday evening was toast and cocoa. We didn't call it anything else.
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:02 AM   #17
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Breakfast, lunch and supper. Dinner on Sunday and holidays.

While the rest of you have a living room, we have a parlor. Regional. But we all know what we mean when we say it. At least we are all in agreement on breakfast.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:23 AM   #18
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Sometimes Betty, sometimes Pete. Oh, that's not what you meant?

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you reminded me of an old joke.

a grasshopper walks into a bar and orders a drink.

the bartender says, "you know, we have a drink named after you."

the grasdhopper replies, "you have a drink named pete?"

bah dum dum.

don't ask me about when a horse or duck walk into the same bar...

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Breakfast, lunch and supper. Dinner on Sunday and holidays.

While the rest of you have a living room, we have a parlor. Regional. But we all know what we mean when we say it. At least we are all in agreement on breakfast.
my dad and mil called the living room a parlour. must be an old term from europe.


getting back on topic, my mom called it dinner: dad called it supper no matter what time we had the third meal of the day.

the two meals before it were always breakfast and lunch.

we weren't rich enough for brunch.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:38 AM   #19
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IMO you don't have to be rich for brunch. In my case it's just being lazy! Hence, my first meal is rarely before noon. So if I'm breaking my fast at traditional lunchtime I'm having brunch!
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:50 AM   #20
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that was just when we were growing up.

we still have breakfast on weekends at 10 or 11am when possible, but have never called it bruch. on those days, we have a late lunch, then later dinner/supper.
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