dinner! thats really weird, i never knew there was a geographical division between people who say dinner or tea lol!
i say tea for if ive had a big lunch (eg sunday roast) then i have tea in the evening which is normally a sandwich or cake or something small.
I say dinner, tea is a drink I usually have with biscuits/scone at about 4pm as in 'afternoon tea'. I learnt the hard way in year 2 when my teacher asked the class what we had for tea last night. I said 'I don't drink tea' which got a few odd looks
(Original post by crabbypatti)
How about supper? Only use dinner if it is formal. (Southerner)
Oh good, so I'm not the only person then!
In my family, it's always been supper in the evening, unless, as you said, it's actually a formal event. I once read that dinner is classified as the major meal of the day, so it can replace either the early afternoon or evening meals. Having said that, my lunch usually consists of a sandwich, and my supper is usually just something simple like pasta, so I wouldn't really classify either of them as a 'major meal'.
As to the question, I live in the north and hear both regularly, but I'm happy to stick with supper!