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More Fluff - Supper/dinner

What do you call your evening meal? I normally call the bigger meal dinner. On Saturday and Sunday that is around noon. A light meal is lunch, a big meal is dinner regardless of the time. I used to say lunch and Supper, but now that just sounds weird to me.

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Mostly I say supper b/c that's the what my parents called it. Every once in a while I use dinner though. British people sometimes call their mid-day meal 'dinner' and the evening meal is called 'supper', so maybe that's why my mom said supper. For me lunch is always the mid-day meal, regardless of size. I could eat a steak in the middle of the day and I'd still call it lunch, then have a cup of soup for supper and it would still be supper (not that I often eat like that!)

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Yes, lunch is always the mid-day meal for us too, regardless of size. The evening meal is usually dinner, although my mom calls it supper so I probably say that sometimes too. To me, the two words are interchangeable to mean "evening meal".

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The last meal of the day is "supper". The light meal around noon is "lunch". On Sundays we don't have "supper"... we have "dinner". Dinner is eaten usually 1-2 p.m. and it would be the same as "supper" if it was served at suppertime... but it can't be called "lunch" because a) it's after lunchtime and b) it's a big/hot supper-like meal.... but if we had a big hot meal at noon, we'd probably still call it "lunch" as long as we still ate supper at suppertime... if we didn't, we might call it "dinner".

How's that for confusing?? :rollingeyes:

Oh and the big Thanksgiving and Christmas meals are also called dinner regardless of what time they are eaten... "what did you have for Thanksgiving/Christmas supper" sounds funny LOL

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"Princess&ThePea" wrote:

The last meal of the day is "supper". The light meal around noon is "lunch". On Sundays we don't have "supper"... we have "dinner". Dinner is eaten usually 1-2 p.m. and it would be the same as "supper" if it was served at suppertime... but it can't be called "lunch" because a) it's after lunchtime and b) it's a big/hot supper-like meal.... but if we had a big hot meal at noon, we'd probably still call it "lunch" as long as we still ate supper at suppertime... if we didn't, we might call it "dinner".

How's that for confusing?? :rollingeyes:

Oh and the big Thanksgiving and Christmas meals are also called dinner regardless of what time they are eaten... "what did you have for Thanksgiving/Christmas supper" sounds funny LOL

Yes, all of this for me, too. Exactly. Smile

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"Princess&ThePea" wrote:

the big Thanksgiving and Christmas meals are also called dinner regardless of what time they are eaten... "what did you have for Thanksgiving/Christmas supper" sounds funny LOL

Agreed. I think it was the BF thread where someone asked if people eat TG at noon - my family always does too. But it's not lunch, it's dinner, just because.

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Lunch is mid-day. Supper and dinner are the same to me...evening meal. (And Thanksgiving dinner is at 5:00 or later!)

My in-laws sometimes eat dinner super early and I never know what to call that. One weekend, years ago, I told my husband to ask if they could join us for dinner at a restaurant nearby and he said they were only available at 4, and I had to say that I had no idea what meal that was and it wouldn't work. I can't wait til then to eat lunch, and I will be starving all night if I eat dinner then.

I've never heard of dinner being at lunchtime! Funny. I read a lot of British books growing up, maybe I misunderstood what meals they were talking about. Smile

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This is my favorite thing about the debate board. Learning about how differently people do things all over the world.

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

I told my husband to ask if they could join us for dinner at a restaurant nearby and he said they were only available at 4, and I had to say that I had no idea what meal that was and it wouldn't work. I can't wait til then to eat lunch, and I will be starving all night if I eat dinner then.

I call that Linner, and it is the most dreaded of meals, because you're right, it completely throws off the rest of the day. I'm a big fan of Brunch because it combines the allure of a lazy morning (not bothering to get around and eat early) with all of the best aspects of lunch and breakfast, plus, unlike breakfast, it's socially acceptable to drink.:ROFL: But then you can just resume your day again at dinner. Linner is Brunch's evil twin. Everything good about Brunch is turned on it's head for Linner (except I guess you can still drink.) A pox on Linner!

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Now we call that Lupper.

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I always thought this word difference was a midwestern thing. My step-grandma (born in Minnesota in 1898,) called the mid-day meal "lunch" if it was a cold or packed-to-take meal and "dinner" if it was a hot, sit-down meal, and she always called the evening meal "supper." She said, growing up on the farm, you took lunch out to the field with you or to school with you, or if you were doing housework you ate cold leftovers for lunch because it was wasteful to stir up the fire just to heat up such a fast & lonely meal. On Sundays or holidays, when everyone was at home for the mid-day meal, and there might be visiting friends or family, they would make a big hot meal. My granddad (born in Ohio in 1912) said pretty much the same thing; his mother ran a boardinghouse & her tenants would come home at noon for a hot dinner but he took a cold lunch to school. He'd say that "in his day," there was no such thing as a hot lunch because then it would be dinner.

My Nana (born in Sacramento in 1914) used dinner & supper interchangeably to mean the evening meal. I don't use the word supper at all, it sounds too pretentious.

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"Princess&ThePea" wrote:

The last meal of the day is "supper". The light meal around noon is "lunch". On Sundays we don't have "supper"... we have "dinner". Dinner is eaten usually 1-2 p.m. and it would be the same as "supper" if it was served at suppertime... but it can't be called "lunch" because a) it's after lunchtime and b) it's a big/hot supper-like meal.... but if we had a big hot meal at noon, we'd probably still call it "lunch" as long as we still ate supper at suppertime... if we didn't, we might call it "dinner".

How's that for confusing?? :rollingeyes:

Oh and the big Thanksgiving and Christmas meals are also called dinner regardless of what time they are eaten... "what did you have for Thanksgiving/Christmas supper" sounds funny LOL

Yes, that's true! We also say "Christmas Dinner", etc.

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I'm normal, like Laurie. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. Dinner could be interchanged with "supper" though that is a little too grandma-y for me.

For all you "dinner" at 1:00 on Sunday people, do you not eat again before bedtime? I would die. And if you DO eat after dinner and before bed (at dinnertime) what do you call that meal?

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"Potter75" wrote:

I'm normal, like Laurie. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. Dinner could be interchanged with "supper" though that is a little too grandma-y for me.

For all you "dinner" at 1:00 on Sunday people, do you not eat again before bedtime? I would die. And if you DO eat after dinner and before bed (at dinnertime) what do you call that meal?

When I lived at home we would always have holiday meals super early - around 2pm - but then we'd always nosh later in the evening - mincemeat tarts, nuts, cookies, etc., or a light snack of soup/cheese/crackers. I could never make it from 2pm until bed!

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"Potter75" wrote:

For all you "dinner" at 1:00 on Sunday people, do you not eat again before bedtime? I would die. And if you DO eat after dinner and before bed (at dinnertime) what do you call that meal?

Nope. Not usually. If somebody is hungry they can go make themselves a snack before bed but that's it... it wouldn't be a full meal, it would be something quick and easy like a bowl of cereal, piece of toast, yogurt, fruit, or something along those lines.

ETA: Holiday meals are different... there's usually always munchies laying around before/after so you never really stop eating LOL

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"Princess&ThePea" wrote:

Nope. Not usually. If somebody is hungry they can go make themselves a snack before bed but that's it... it wouldn't be a full meal, it would be something quick and easy like a bowl of cereal, piece of toast, yogurt, fruit, or something along those lines.

ETA: Holiday meals are different... there's usually always munchies laying around before/after so you never really stop eating LOL

Agreed.

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Lunch is in the middle of the day.

Dinner/supper is the evening meal. I usually call it dinner. My kids often point out the "grandma and grandma call it supper".

What you eat at those times doesn't matter. Meat and potatoes for lunch or cereal for dinner. The name doesn't change.

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"Potter75" wrote:

I'm normal, like Laurie. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. Dinner could be interchanged with "supper" though that is a little too grandma-y for me.

Yep, same here. I know what supper is, but it's usually the old folks that use that word. I think it may be going out of fashion. I've never heard a young person use that word...not that I can remember...but maybe that is just a west coast thing?

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I use tea and dinner interchangeably for the night time meal. Lunch is lunch,

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Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Everything between is a snack.

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"ange84" wrote:

I use tea and dinner interchangeably for the night time meal. Lunch is lunch,

Oh yeah! I remember that! I was invited over for tea a few times in Australia and the first two times, I wondered why they were serving me dinner. I thought I was really there just for tea and cookies. LOL!

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"Potter75" wrote:

I'm normal, like Laurie. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. Dinner could be interchanged with "supper" though that is a little too grandma-y for me.

For all you "dinner" at 1:00 on Sunday people, do you not eat again before bedtime? I would die. And if you DO eat after dinner and before bed (at dinnertime) what do you call that meal?

This exactly. We had our first thanksgiving dinner yesterday, it was at 2PM. We were starving by 6pm and fixed leftover turkey sandwiches. I can't imagine not eating again before bed!

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My family is from the South, and there they call lunch "dinner" and dinner "supper". Up here in Chicago we call the noon-time meal "lunch" and evening meal "dinner".

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I'm from Michigan and I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. And I agree that a holiday dinner can be mid-afternoon. Usually because it's a special time and you might actually linger around the table for a few hours!

But I married an Australian, and he can eat those meals or have tea. But tea can be morning tea, afternoon tea, a "cuppa", OR evening tea. I find using the word tea to mean SO many things VERY confusing. "Are you going to stay for tea?" Hmmm.... are you going to serve me a drink or food???

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"Marite13" wrote:

I'm from Michigan and I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. And I agree that a holiday dinner can be mid-afternoon. Usually because it's a special time and you might actually linger around the table for a few hours!

But I married an Australian, and he can eat those meals or have tea. But tea can be morning tea, afternoon tea, a "cuppa", OR evening tea. I find using the word tea to mean SO many things VERY confusing. "Are you going to stay for tea?" Hmmm.... are you going to serve me a drink or food???

Same with biscuit. Do you mean a cookie, a cracker, or an actual biscuit? They're all called biscuits in Oz. You never know what you're gonna get!

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"Marite13" wrote:

I find using the word tea to mean SO many things VERY confusing. "Are you going to stay for tea?" Hmmm.... are you going to serve me a drink or food???

Somewhat similiar to somebody here saying "do you want to go/come over/stay for coffee", maybe? Sometimes it literally is just a cup of coffee you have... other times there is snacks/light meal (though usually lighter than "lunch"). It's become a figure of speech... I use it and I don't even drink coffee! Lol

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"Potter75" wrote:

I'm normal, like Laurie. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. Dinner could be interchanged with "supper" though that is a little too grandma-y for me.

For all you "dinner" at 1:00 on Sunday people, do you not eat again before bedtime? I would die. And if you DO eat after dinner and before bed (at dinnertime) what do you call that meal?

Yep, this for me. And I ahve never used the word "supper" in my life.

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I think supper vs dinner is probably more regional than generational generally speaking (though in some areas it may be generational)... all ages use "supper" here for the final evening meal, from the preschooler up to the grandma (and despite the fool at the personalised ornament booth a couple weeks ago asking if the names I gave him were my grandchildren, I am NOWHERE close to being a grandmother!).

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We're pretty mixed up. I can't even remember what I was raised on anymore. Breakfast, lunch, and supper I think. Now dinner could be lunch or supper and Jason calls all meals breakfast unless prompted to say the right one.

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The big meal is always at the end of the day for us. Every once in a blue moon if we have a large late lunch we will eat a light dinner.

Oh, and i grew up calling the big meal dinner. However around these parts its called supper by young and old. Err, i should say its called "Suppah" to be more accurate.

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We don't use "supper" at all. Breakfast/lunch/dinner. However, my grandparents did some farming and would often eat their large meal of the day at a traditional lunchtime hour. That meal would be called "dinner" and then they would have a light "supper" when the work was done for the day...usually later, around 7pm maybe? When it was getting dark.

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Breakfast, lunch, dinner here. The only people IRL that I know who say 'supper' are my grandparents or my Maritime friends.

I actually asked my hubby about this the other day. I wanted to know why he said 'dinner' when his mom clearly says 'supper'. He told me she never used to say 'supper' and that it's a recent thing since she's been living with his own grandmother. lol. It bugs him.