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dd whos almost 4, pulled me up yesterday and corrected me, telling me its not called tea its called dinner

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carriedababi Wed 06-Jul-11 11:27:15

i felt like saying you and your middleclass upbringing!

its always been called tea in our house

i was telling dd, we are having such and such for tea, and she went tea? its not tea, its called dinner

bloody hell

barbie1 Wed 06-Jul-11 11:28:33

Your dd is right wink

ExitPursuedByAKitten Wed 06-Jul-11 11:29:18


It's tea in our 'ouse.

BluddyMoFo Wed 06-Jul-11 11:29:20

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mumblechum1 Wed 06-Jul-11 11:30:22

Nah, if she was proper posh she'd call it supper.

MorticiaAddams Wed 06-Jul-11 11:31:09

She's right, it's dinner.

Snuppeline Wed 06-Jul-11 11:31:53

Tea is something you drink surely? Dinner is what we call the (hot) evening meal in our house and it is served between 7-8pm, after that it is a lighter meal called Supper. Your daughter is entierly justified to correct you, both on your grammar and upbrining wink

nickelbabe Wed 06-Jul-11 11:32:03

I would dispute it with her.

DH is currently getting very confused with this whole north/south mealtimes, and has started calling evening meal "lunch"

Dinner is midday meal, lunch doesn't exist, Tea is at teatime- so evening meal.
you can also have Supper if you're still hungry, at about 7. but you can't have supper if it's your main evening meal. then it's dinner. but only if you have guests.

basically, your DD is very wrong, and should probably spend a week on the Naughty Step to think about what she is doing!

carriedababi Wed 06-Jul-11 11:32:39

i wouldn't mind so much if she was older, but i thought it was a bit much considering shes only just turned 4.

grovel Wed 06-Jul-11 11:33:04

It's tea if you eat it before 6.30.

smartyparts Wed 06-Jul-11 11:34:02

She's right! grin

hugeleyoutnumbered Wed 06-Jul-11 11:35:41

breakfast lunch tea and supper in our house

CogitoErgoSometimes Wed 06-Jul-11 11:36:27

As a northener I eat breakfast, dinner and tea. My DS, a southerner, eats breakfast, lunch and dinner. Never the twain shall meet and we've simply agreed to differ.

edwinbear Wed 06-Jul-11 11:36:40

Dinner, surely, is you main evening meal if it is a formal meal. If it's an informal evening meal, then I believe it's supper. As in Lord and Lady X would like to invite you to supper. Meaning lasagne and chips in the kitchen. As opposed to Lord and Lady X would like to invite you to dinner, meaning evening dress, candles and numerous courses? But sadly I don't have the need to worry about such things as I rarely receive invitations to either dinner or supper.

carriedababi Wed 06-Jul-11 11:36:56

lol at your dh calling tea, lunch grin

perhaps i should have said, oh you won't be getting any then
lol evil grin

zelda1982 Wed 06-Jul-11 11:37:27

"Tea is something you drink surely? Dinner is what we call the (hot) evening meal in our house and it is served between 7-8pm"

My dd's go to bed at 7 so that means they'd never have "dinner"
Its breakfast (at 7am-ish), dinner (at 12pm-ish), tea (at 5pm) in this house with maybe a bit toast/cereal for supper if still hungry but not very often.

superjobeespecs Wed 06-Jul-11 11:39:06

argh!! bloody diner!! you've brought memories crashing back around my ears here grin my MIL is always saying ''when you and super hubby move back down here we'll have you round for dinner'' and when i did live down south (which is actually north, england confuses me!!) she was always banging on about dinner bloody dinner doesnt make any farking sense ..

you get breakfast in the morning.

dinner at 12-2

tea at 5-7

supper at bedtime.

simple pimple smile

carriedababi Wed 06-Jul-11 11:40:21

dd would love to think of us as lord and ladies.

she insists on calling her new uniform for september ROYAL blue, with the empasis on ROYAL

<rolls eyes>

oh and is extremely keen on her tiara....

Insomnia11 Wed 06-Jul-11 11:40:30

To me dinner is like a dinner party or going out for dinner. When I was growing up though dinner was the midday meal. Breakfast dinner and tea.

Mostly I'd say tea for evening meal, but by the time DH and I tend to eat it is nearly bedtime so definitely more like supper. My MIL says supper.

carriedababi Wed 06-Jul-11 11:41:36

yes its breakfast
then a bit of supper if your hungry in the evening.

CogitoErgoSometimes Wed 06-Jul-11 11:43:04

'Dinner' is a midday meal because it is served by 'dinnerladies'.... not 'lunchladies'. QED <folds arms triumphally so there emoticon>

mumblechum1 Wed 06-Jul-11 11:43:19

Actually I call it dindinbongs, but maybe that's just me.

notso Wed 06-Jul-11 11:43:38

DH and family have breakfast, brew, dinner, brew, tea and supper.
Any meal with gravy is also called dinner for example sausage, mash and gravy is sausage dinner.
My Parents have breakfast, elevenses, lunch, tea, dinner and supper or sometimes no dinner and supper but kitchen supper in the middle of the two.
As a result of this we have a mixture of the two, breakfast, brew, dinner, tea, tea or dinner and supper, it is most confusing.

wigglesrock Wed 06-Jul-11 11:46:00

See I think tea is a drink, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Supper is a bowl of cereal before bed grin But I think that's because dinner to me = hot food and I've never done a hot lunch, well not never but you know what I mean. Caused dd1 huge confusion when she went to nursery school and had hot lunches, cue "but my Mummy only gives me cold food for lunch" blush.

superjobeespecs Wed 06-Jul-11 11:46:32

notos, that made me laugh completely unintentionally as i was reading it that is soo confusing my head hurts now .. grin

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