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Dinner or Supper?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by omega48038, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. omega48038

    omega48038

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    Do you eat dinner or supper? I know that in England, there is a distinction between the two, but in the US it seems to be more of a regional name for the same meal. I grew up in the Midwest having supper, but most people around here call it dinner.

    Am I correct in thinking supper is a term used more in the South, where dinner is more common in the North/Southwest?
     
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    Back in the day, lunch was dinner and the evening meal was supper. In recent decades, lunch became lunch and the evening meal has become dinner/supper.
     

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    mad.gunsmith NRA and GSSF Life Member Silver Member

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    That's what I've heard, anyway. I used to work with this old guy and he called lunch dinner.
     
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    Mom used to say "don't be late for supper" which was the evening meal at our house in S. Texas.
     
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    What about 'time' of day. I believe back in the farming boom days supper/dinner was had around 9:00pm and even later. I am guessing we all now have dinner/supper around 5-6-7pm. Correct? I myself prefer a late dinner/supper.
     
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    At least in my neck of the woods in Maine, "dinnah" is what you have at noon, and "suppah" is what you have at night. Besides...who would ever want to go the local grange hall on Saturday night for a "Bean Dinner"? Just don't sound right.:supergrin:


    Only hotsy-totsy folks from away have "dinner" in the evening.

    Lunch is something between breakfast and dinner....or maybe between dinner and supper if you're really hungry.

    And a "hot suppah" is what you give your buddy riding shotgun when you fire up the pick-up and try to make it to the local store before it closes.
     
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    What about second breakfast. (Lord of the Rings)
     
  10. mad.gunsmith

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    Supper is the name for the evening meal in some dialects of English - ordinarily the last meal of the day. Originally, in the middle ages, it referred to the lighter meal following dinner.
    Dinner is the name of the main meal of the day. Depending upon region and/or social class, it may be the second or third meal of the day. Originally, it referred to the first meal of the day, eaten about noon, and is still occasionally used in this fashion if it refers to a large or main meal.

    dinner hour, the hour between 6pm and 7pm
     
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    What about breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner and (later in the evening) supper?
     
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    Breakfast, Lunch, then Dinner.

    I also like T.V. Dinners. :whistling:
     
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    I asked someone once, he asked me "do you dine or sup?"
     
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    In the South, the evening meal is called SUPPER if you eat it at home, but if you go out, it's DINNER (i.e. -you'd never ask a date out for "supper and a movie"). DINNER, eaten at home, is the noon meal. Unless it's eaten away from home (i.e. -in a paper sack or metal box)...then it's LUNCH. Sunday DINNER is eaten at home,...at noon,...usually in good clothes,...with a visiting preacher,...who grabs the biggest piece of fried chicken,...and makes Pop mad at Mom for inviting the lazy mooch to begin with! So, if you want crystal clear definitions on meals in the South, ask a preacher, preferably Southern Baptist. 'Cause they seldom miss an invite more than once! :supergrin:
     
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    :rofl::rofl:
     
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    Breakfast. Dinner or Lunch. Supper.

    If a Southerner tells you to meet him at dinner time, you'd need to be there at noon.

    I've even heard some old-timers around here refer to the mid-day meal as "noon dinner." Though, that isn't very common.
     
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    Breakfast, dinner, supper, end of discussion:supergrin:
     
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    Breakfast, lunch, dinner.....keep it simple.
     
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    That's what it is in the city- I go up North and it's dinner and supper, get's me corn-fused.
     
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    I eat a lot of TV dinners, so I guess I eat dinner.:supergrin: