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Old 05-17-2013, 07:43 PM   #31
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The word supper, referring to the evening meal, has always sounded so "down home", old fashioned or country sounding, like a Norman Rockwell painting. It just sounds comforting to me for some reason, although I never use the term I just like the word better. Maybe I'm really a country girl at heart.
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Old 05-18-2013, 02:01 AM   #32
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I agree with whoever thought it might be a regional thing. (In the US and Canada) here on the west coast of the US. I think Dinner is more common for the evening meal though some farm folks use supper, I think because of the hours a farmer keeps (having a bigger noonday meal(called dinner)

We have breakfast, lunch and dinner and sometimes brunch.

Here's food for thought, our Canadian prairie cousins have breakfast, dinner and supper and then there is often another late meal they call "lunch". I've had it many times. Especially after a wedding or other get together.

How is a person supposed to keep it all strait? I'm with others who have said they don't care what you call it , just don't call me late to it!
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Old 05-18-2013, 03:08 AM   #33
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Somebunny, maybe it's time we just started to call them "first meal", "second meal" and so on. Kind of like the "first sleep" and "second sleep" pattern I was in about a year ago.
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Old 05-18-2013, 04:09 AM   #34
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Somebunny, maybe it's time we just started to call them "first meal", "second meal" and so on. Kind of like the "first sleep" and "second sleep" pattern I was in about a year ago.
Lol godess!
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Old 05-18-2013, 09:37 AM   #35
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It's been interesting to read everyone's responses. I figured it might be regional terms but also have heard the explanation that dinner was the main meal of the day. I get to play with the meaning of words in my work and need to know what they refer to so I can accurately interpret them into sign language so sometimes the way words are used just piques my curiosity.

There are times too when we just call it food! "Hey guys! Food's ready! Come and eat!" takes care of the whole confusing mess!
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Old 05-18-2013, 10:34 AM   #36
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Lucky I'm not still working nights...I never knew what meal I was eating.
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Old 05-18-2013, 10:36 AM   #37
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supĚper

/ˈsʌpər/ Show Spelled [suhp-er]
noun 1. the evening meal, often the principal meal of the day.

2. any light evening meal, especially one taken late in the evening: an after-the-theater supper.


adjective 3. of or pertaining to supper: the supper dishes.

4. for, during, or including supper: a supper party.



Origin:
1225–75; Middle English sup ( p ) er < Old French souper, noun use of souper to sup1

dinĚner
/ˈdɪnər/ Show Spelled[din-er] Show IPA
noun 1. the main meal of the day, eaten in the evening or at midday.

2. a formal meal in honor of some person or occasion.

3. table d'h˘te.



Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English diner < Old French disner (noun use of v.); see dine
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Old 05-18-2013, 01:05 PM   #38
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According to my Dad, it is dinner if it is at noon, and supper if it is at 5:00 p.m. If it is any other time of day (like a meal at 1:00 or 6:00, etc.) then it is just wrong.
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