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Old 02-17-2014, 02:44 PM   #1
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"Dinner" or "Supper" / "Lunch" or "Dinner?"

What time of day are these served and called in YOUR home?

As a kid the evening meal was always around 6 PM because my Dad got home around 5:30 and it was called supper. I continued calling it that much later in life although I started calling it dinner more and more. Don't know why. I still interchange them willy nilly.

The noon meal was lunch. Unless it was Sunday. Then it was dinner and supper was supper.
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Old 02-17-2014, 02:48 PM   #2
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Noon-time meal was lunch, evening meal was usually called supper, but not always...we used them interchangeably. Sunday noon-time meal was definitely Sunday Dinner and evening meal was Sunday Supper.
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Old 02-17-2014, 03:01 PM   #3
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Noon meal is always lunch. Evening meal is either supper or dinner, depending on the mood of the person speaking. The terms are interchangeable for us.
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Old 02-17-2014, 03:10 PM   #4
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Breakfast, lunch and supper. And here, too, Sun. after church we went out to dinner. Any other nightime meal was going out to dinner, whereas it was always supper if we stayed home... as far as I can remember.
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Old 02-17-2014, 03:19 PM   #5
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Lunch is the meal at noonish. Like at Alix's, we will change up dinner and supper. It usually depends on the complexity of the meal. Potatoes and hot dogs is definitely supper, but a stuffed pork tenderloin with a Hasselback potato and asparagus spears with hollandaise sauce would be a dinner no matter what time you served it! We usually do reserve the term "dinner" for the more formal occasions too. It's never "Christmas supper".
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Old 02-17-2014, 03:21 PM   #6
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Supper and dinner, I've always used interchangeably. My Canadian mother felt there was a clear distinction between the two, but I never understood her reasoning. DH always asks, "What's for supper?" We go out for dinner.

Lunch is noonish.
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Old 02-17-2014, 03:39 PM   #7
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Lunch and dinner or supper.

I believe the rule is: If you have your big meal of the day at noon, it's dinner and the evening meal is supper. Otherwise, the evening meal is dinner.
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Old 02-17-2014, 05:58 PM   #8
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When I was a kid the noon time meal was dinner and the evening meal was tea.

Today I do dinner at noon and supper at night.

I agree with Andy, to me dinner is the main meal of the day and lunch or supper is a smaller meal.
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Old 02-17-2014, 06:09 PM   #9
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I'd always wondered about 'tea' for UK people. I always thought it was tea (duh) with maybe some cake or cookies or a few finger sandwiches. Just to hold you over until a late dinner.

To add to the confusion, my mid-western farm relatives (that we visited often) would have a fairly large meal (meat, potatoes, cooked vegetables) for the men who had been working hard all day. Then a lunch. Bigger meal. Then another meal around 3 p.m. Then supper at 5-6.

THEN before bed (which was early) a supper of warm milk, fresh from the cow, warm homemade bread, fresh from the oven to hold you over until breakfast at about 5 a.m. which was so huge I don't have the energy to type it all!

All this on a wood-burning stove by my 100 lb aunt! They don't make 'em like that any more.

I think the in-between meals were called supper too. 5 meals that would feed me for almost a week!!!
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I told this story before, but this thread is where it belonged.

I was to pick up my car being repaired on Friday. The mechanic told it would be done around dinner time.
I went without a car all weekend.
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