Its a PackED lunch.

(61 Posts)

All those threads at the start of the new school year recently. All those mentions of making 'a pack lunch' or 'pack lunches'.

When you are making the lunch, you pack it, into the lunchbox.

When all the contents are in, its a PACKED lunch.

<goes off to find something proper to occupy time on day off>

bigbrick Fri 18-Oct-13 11:59:24

Never thought of that smile I say pack lunch but would write packed lunch

IHatePingu Fri 18-Oct-13 12:05:18

It's neither. It's a pack up lunch. ;)

OinkGlitter Fri 18-Oct-13 12:08:25

Here, it's just a pack up.

MortifiedAdams Fri 18-Oct-13 12:09:44

Pack up

crabb Fri 18-Oct-13 12:10:19

The same applies to 'Box Set'. It's a boxed set thank you very much.

Yonididnaedaethat Fri 18-Oct-13 12:10:30

In my house it's a case of "oh just have a school lunch today"smile

greensnail Fri 18-Oct-13 12:14:22

When I was in primary school I had a Postman Pat lunch box and was convinced for years it was called a Pat lunch blush

TooTabooToBOOOOO Fri 18-Oct-13 12:16:10

Oh thank god, Yoni - thought I was the only one who did that! grin

joanofarchitrave Fri 18-Oct-13 12:19:32

With you, sister.

My boss refers to the 'share drive' on the computer. ShareD drive, shareD drive, shareD drive.

Past Participle Protection Now! Then!

OinkGlitter Fri 18-Oct-13 13:37:02

I disagree re box set though. That's a set in a box. A packed lunch isn't a a lunch in a pack. It's a lunch in a Postman Pat box.

Shall we start on text/texted again?

LegoAcupuncture Fri 18-Oct-13 13:38:53

Does this fall into the same category as "Chester draws"?

flowery Fri 18-Oct-13 13:43:15

Love Pat box! grin

flowery Fri 18-Oct-13 13:43:26

I mean Pat lunch...!

crabb Fri 18-Oct-13 13:50:18

A box set would be a set of boxes, surely. Not DVDs or whatever.

OinkGlitter Fri 18-Oct-13 13:59:03

Dunno, crabb. Am trying to think of other 'sets' to compare with but drawing (chester drawing) a blank. Can only manage gift set and train set, which to my mind don't support your argument or mine! (Though are probably closer to yours...)

Cooroo Fri 18-Oct-13 19:53:44

I think the OP got off very lightly missing an apostrophe in the title of a thread in Pedants' Corner!

MortifiedAdams Sat 19-Oct-13 00:33:04

Toiletry Bag......surely 'toiletries bag'?

Elsiequadrille Sat 19-Oct-13 01:09:16

Oho yes, missing apostrophes. smile

It might just be a short form people use/say, not necessarily incorrect.

BigArea Sat 19-Oct-13 01:23:03

Is this the wrong time to mention my ire regarding so-called 'female toilets'? Gah

OinkGlitter Sat 19-Oct-13 01:26:32

Female toilet's?


UnicornsNotRiddenByGrownUps Sat 19-Oct-13 03:40:30

I say packed lunch! I hate seeing threads about Pack Ups..... Pack UP what?

You know what really gives me the rage though... 'draw' instead of 'drawer'. Just no.

OinkGlitter Sat 19-Oct-13 03:52:11

Unicorn, you're not from Yorkshire, are you? It's just how it is.

ohmymimi Sat 19-Oct-13 14:27:30

There is so much in this thread that has not tweaked me before my blood-pressure is going to suffer.

ohmymimi Sat 19-Oct-13 14:30:33

Love the 'Pat' lunch,

Alibabaandthe40nappies Sat 19-Oct-13 14:33:57

'chester draws'? Oh dear God that is awful.

TeamEdward Sat 19-Oct-13 14:39:36

My Dad calls his packed lunch "snap".

HangingGardenofBabbysBum Sat 19-Oct-13 14:44:21

It's also called 'bait' in the NE.

But yes, packED.

No argument.

yourlittlesecret Sat 19-Oct-13 14:44:46

I think they call it a "piece" in Scotland. My dad used to say it was his snap.

OinkGlitter Sat 19-Oct-13 14:49:19

A piece is a sandwich, whether it's in a Postman Pat box or not.

TeamEdward Sat 19-Oct-13 14:52:58

Dad calls the actual container a bait box, but the contents is snap.

ethelb Sat 19-Oct-13 14:55:10

I hate pack up.

Its so fucking twee and sounds quite affected.

MirandaWest Sat 19-Oct-13 14:55:25

It is a packed lunch. But we've moved to Yorkshire and it is a Pack Up smile

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 19-Oct-13 14:57:10

Fliberty I'm not surprised you haven't been back. A mistake like that in your title <sigh> standards are slipping in PC!!


LeGavrOrf Sat 19-Oct-13 14:59:45

I never heard it called pack up until I came on mumsnet - is it a northern thing?

mawbroon Sat 19-Oct-13 15:00:07

Yes re piece being a sandwich.

And at my primary school, morning break was called "piecey time"

Piecy, piecee, piecey <wonders how you actually spell it>

But also yes to packeD lunch

Flatiron Sat 19-Oct-13 15:07:16

A boxed set - a set of DVDs or books which have been put in a box = boxed, no? grin

marriedinwhiteisback Sat 19-Oct-13 15:07:31

Packed lunch. Boxed set. Shared drive. FIL used to insist upon referring to his "motor car".

OinkGlitter Sat 19-Oct-13 15:13:49

ethel, I assure you pack up sounds neither twee not affected out the mouth of a hungry Yorkshireman!

I really only know pieces frae the jeely piece song, ken? (And do you think we could start a movement to get 'ken' adopted instead of the ludicrous IYSWIM?)

insancerre Sat 19-Oct-13 15:18:49

never heard it referred to as a pack lunch
When we first got married I was very confused with DH and his bait box (he's from the NE)
A bait box was what my dad used to keep his maggots in before he went fishing.
When DH kept asking if his bait box was in the fridge, it reminded me of when my dad used to keep is in the fridge. Full of maggots.

mawbroon Sat 19-Oct-13 17:09:43

smile Ken would be great! grin

Mim78 Mon 21-Oct-13 19:58:46

In my house it is called something I am never doing as I am not your slave!

(To be fair dd likes her school lunches - can I start a sub thread about not calling the dinners? Better not. But this is what it would say if pressed. Am aware grammar in this post is terrible for pedants' corner!)

MadeOfStarDust Mon 21-Oct-13 20:07:37

pack lunch here - as it is lunch in a pack...

not packed in a box,
or packed in a bag,
packed in a pack -
a little back-pack
for my nice tasty snack...

I have read WAY too much cat-in-the-hat lately.....

makingfruitcake Tue 22-Oct-13 19:52:20

Also hate mash potato. The potato is mashed, why is it so difficult?

MiniMonty Wed 23-Oct-13 00:53:08

Bait box is just slang (therefore fine).
As is pack up.
Slang is lovely and it keeps the language rich and fabulous.

For standard rules it is of course a "packed lunch" because it is a lunch which has been packed in some or other way to be easily portable.

Boxed set is an easy one.
A set of (anything) which has been boxed can properly be referred to as a boxed set. Could be a boxed set of shrunken heads or windscreen wipers.
A "box set" is, as previously and correctly mentioned, only right for a set of boxes.

Case solved.

PervCat Wed 23-Oct-13 01:22:41

I agree with op

PervCat Wed 23-Oct-13 01:24:25

My thing is the strange emphasis on compact when used with discs compared to anything else compact.
Eg comPACT discs
Oh yes it's quite compact

Try it

keelo123 Wed 23-Oct-13 05:10:42

Haha- I love it!! I remember a similar kind of confusion that my niece suffered with the term 'in-set day' and when bringing it up in a conversation she innocently couldn't remember the word and said 'I have a mini-beast day or something on Friday'. I still laugh about this although it was about 8 years ago! It's great how the mind can take over!

keelo123 Wed 23-Oct-13 05:12:15

My last post refers to 'a pat lunch'!! Lol

ohmymimi Wed 23-Oct-13 09:58:19

Stardust - But your snack in a pack is packed in the pack for your back.

PinocchiosLeftNostril Wed 23-Oct-13 10:01:46

With my Glasgy accent, it's a pact lunch. smile But I write is as packed lunch.

Actually, wouldn't that be the same with all accents? confused

MadeOfStarDust Wed 23-Oct-13 10:21:10

ohmy... grin

Can't believe I started this thread then forgot about it! It is (see what i did there wink) my longest thread ever.

However my excuse for disappearing was that I have been far too busy making packed lunches to be dithering on mumsnet.

I got all pedantic again today when within 10 mins of each other, my mum said she'd been to Tesco's and my friend said she was going to Asda's. Arrrggggh.

Btw I blame the autocorrect for any mistakes in my op....

It may be a boxed set, but it most certain is not a boxed set on sky anytime. There are no bloody boxes involved. It's downloadable content.

We always had a 'play-piece' for playtime at primary school. It was never actually a piece (it was usually crisps or biscuits).

That would be 'most certainly is not' in the first post. I blame autocorrect too. grin

ReallyOverThis Mon 09-Dec-13 13:24:44

Arbitrary, "playpiece" does bring back memories, usually of scrounging Monster Munch off my friends because I wasn't allowed a playpiece. Going back to the sandwich definition of "piece", non- Scots may also be interested to know that the filling is often described using "and" eg "a piece and jam", "a piece and sausage". Works for rolls too, hence the sandwich shop on Buchanan St called "Roland Butter" grin

YoDiggity Mon 09-Dec-13 13:25:38

Yes. And I get a bit twitchy when people refer to packed lunches as pack-ups as well.

ohtanmybum Tue 10-Dec-13 20:04:58

I've just notice this thread has reignited. Arbitrary, if you are still out there, would that be a downloadable content set that is available on Sky Anytime?

I don't think we had a name for our school break snack, it was just "What have you got for break?". Mine was either Ryvita and Marmite or (gloriously,on Monday) a dripping sandwich (a smear of beef jelly, then dripping with a sprinkle of white pepper on thick, white crusty bread - now that was a piece.)

ohtanmybum Tue 10-Dec-13 20:06:41

'Roland Butter' fgrin

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