Hello everyone. Just popped in for a cuppa.
I have had two debates over the last two days as to what the meal in the middle of the day should be called. Dinner it seems if you are from the north, lunch if you are from the south.
Does the bar menu make any distinction? Or define the middle of the day's meal?
(Those on some sort of weight loss/fitness programme for the next few months (well about a fortnight in all likelihood) may remember the concept of a meal in the middle of the day)
It goes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner for most nowadays - Dinner is your main hot meal - not a specific time; the reason for the north/south divide is the way jobs were divided - in the north, you were primarily manufacturing and had a hot meal supplied at the noon break, while in the south it was primarily a cold cuts style midday meal (Lunch) and then the main hot meal in the evening.
A massive cause of disappointment is when someone says its teatime and then offers you some biscuits or a scone (scon), rather than pie (paaah).
I quite enjoy some nice Indian tea registered in Ireland for tax purposes myself with a scone.
I'd like to say its fine English Tea but the box says its not.
I have Breakfast and Dinner, that's it.
Lunch would be basic, like soup or something like that. Which we never have.
Wouldn't want to claim too much expenses now would we?
Usually it's a case of:
Morning = Breakfast
Midday = Lunch
Evening = Dinner (main meal)
However, if the main meal occurs around midday and then I have something like a sandwich later on, Dinner replaces Lunch and the evening meal becomes Tea.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner. If I eat at about 4pm I call it Tea.
It is never dinner in the middle of the day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. I've never, ever heard anyone say anything different apart from online.
Definitely breakfast, lunch, dinner. Even if lunch is a hot meal, it's still lunch, dinner is always in the evening. And I've never personally eaten at 'teatime' anyway.
No, dinner is used to refer to the main meal of the day, so if you have your main meal at lunch time then you can't call what you eat in the evening dinner. So dinner can be anytime. Depending on what you eat in the evening it is either supper of dinner. Supper for a light meal, dinner for a main meal. Tea is not what you would say in a formal context, but it can be used for any afternoon meal however large or small.
So you all have Christmas lunch instead of Christmas dinner?