Tea or Dinner

Follow-up to Mezze and Crumble from Casey’s Blog

Which reminds me of an ongoing debate with himself.

I say:

  • breakfast
  • lunch
  • tea

He says:

  • breakfast
  • lunch
  • dinner

I only say dinner for Sunday roasts etc. which are at lunchtime.

He says I’m wrong.

I also use pudding, afters, sweet and dessert interchangeably. He doesn’t.

I also have a friend who says (quite endearingly):

  • breakfast
  • lunch
  • supper

10 Responses to “Tea or Dinner”
  1. I
    say what you say, and am usually told I am wrong for saying them!
    However, I’m Welsh – which means I often say things that English people
    give me the “what are you talking about?” look for!

  2. I’m
    all mixed up and use a bit of them all – though only my great Aunts and
    Uncles do refer to the third repast of the day as “supper”. To me
    supper is the 4th meal 🙂 But what do I know as a
    Welsh/Austrian/Irish/Lincolnshire cross breed…

  3. Zo? Freedman says:

    I’ve always said breakfast, lunch, supper – what’s wrong with that?!?!?

  4. Casey Leaver says:

    Zoe: Nothing – supper is sweet. It reminds me of a lovely friend of mine.
    Alison: Nevermind bach.

  5. Anonymous says:

    What about second breakfast?

  6. Jon Harley says:

    I say breakfast, dinner, tea and supper. Didn’t your school have mid-day meals called school dinners served by dinnerladies?

  7. Casey Leaver says:

    Michael: It’s true, I also forgot elevensies.1
    Jon: Yes, but the dinnerladies were there to make sure I ate my packed lunch!2

    1 For when you’re feeling a little poohbearish.
    2 As well as stopping us running in the corridor during wet breaks.

  8. Holly Cruise says:

    Ask a northerner: It’s “tea” when you’re northern and dinner when you’re a southerner.

    Ask a southerner: It’s “dinner” if you’re correct and “tea” is a hot drink.

    Ask an Anglo-Irish Cockney Scouse Mancunian (um, moi): I’m hungry…

  9. Casey Leaver says:

    I wondered whether one is U and one is non u

    But it seems that dinner is non u and luncheon is u.

    How To Get On In Society
    John Betjeman

    Phone for the fish knives, Norman
    As cook is a little unnerved;
    You kiddies have crumpled the serviettes
    And I must have things daintily served.

    Are the requisites all in the toilet?
    The frills round the cutlets can wait
    Till the girl has replenished the cruets
    And switched on the logs in the grate.

    It’s ever so close in the lounge dear,
    But the vestibule’s comfy for tea
    And Howard is riding on horseback
    So do come and take some with me

    Now here is a fork for your pastries
    And do use the couch for your feet;
    I know that I wanted to ask you-
    Is trifle sufficient for sweet?

    Milk and then just as it comes dear?
    I’m afraid the preserve’s full of stones;
    Beg pardon, I’m soiling the doileys
    With afternoon tea-cakes and scones.

  10. Casey Leaver says:

    My Mitford obsession is showing again…

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