this is always a popular one. As far as I'm concerned its called dinnertime, had dinner during dinner break at school at that was always 12.30pm. Some people call 'tea' dinner at 6pm, and dinner 'lunch' which throws out supper. The only real structure round my eating these days though is eat when hungry.
I don't think they use 'fortnight' in America either do they? Had all sorts of problems trying to explain that to the tour girl at Sea World once
Post by Lakeland Potter on Feb 28, 2004 13:47:59 GMT
Ah Ha - we venture into the realms of working class v middle class plus the North South Divide!
Upper Middle Class version
Around noon (or soon after) you have lunch
Around 4 pm you have Tea (if you have been out hunting and are cold and hungry)
Around 7 pm or later you have dinner.
Working Class Version
Around noon you have dinner (or possibly lunch if you are upwardly mobile)
Around 5pm you have tea.
These are not cut and dried divisions as the north/south bit comes into it with some working class people in the south adopting the middle class usage.
Yes, before you say it, it IS all bollox this class system - but it is a fact that people above a certain income bracket tend to use the upper middle class wording and those below tend to use the other one. Its not deliberate - it just happens.
Ta all; nice to see you lot get all wrapped up in this one
Yes Gareth, some of us who are sad enough to know a bit of proper English will use "fortnight"; or at least recognize it when reading it. Likewise some will say "Saturday week" rather than "a week from Saturday".
Meals? Breakfast, lunch and dinner in that order. Oh, if your main Sunday meal is at midday you can call that dinner. If you have a simple meal on a weeknight after work you can call that supper. In case anyone cares