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Breakfast, dinner and tea

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fisil Sun 06-Feb-05 15:07:54

That's what I eat, every day. Someone on another thread was saying you only have dinner in the middle of the day if it's your main meal. I don't, tea's my main meal.

So what do most people have?

edam Sun 06-Feb-05 15:09:25

are you up North, Fisil?
I have breakfast, lunch and supper - evening meal is likely to be something simple like pasta which hardly qualifies as dinner.

marthamoo Sun 06-Feb-05 15:09:29

Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

But I can't be posh because I shop at Argos

helsi Sun 06-Feb-05 15:10:57

Breakfast dinner and tea.

Lonelymum Sun 06-Feb-05 15:12:24

I saw that too. I tend to call the middle meal of the day lunch, but if it is a cooked meal, I think it is legitimate to call it dinner.

The last meal of the day is either tea (uncooked meal or children's meal time) or dinner (cooked).

I was going to post about it, but basically I think people have their own ideas and will probably add assumptions about others to their ideas if they differ.

Hey, we all agree about breakfast, don't we? Don't we?

marthamoo Sun 06-Feb-05 15:14:02

My Mum says breakfast, dinner and tea though.

Supper to me is a snack before bed.

What about elevenses, brunch and afternoon tea?

noddyholder Sun 06-Feb-05 15:14:39

breakfast lunch and dinner
Though when i lived in Northern ireland it was b'fast dinner and tea then supper before bed we are being shortchanged 1 meal in England I think!

Moomina Sun 06-Feb-05 15:17:26

Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Or maybe tea if it's just as sandwich. Or maybe supper if it's after 9pm. But 'school dinners' and 'packed lunch'.

marthamoo Sun 06-Feb-05 15:20:01

Yes, it's funny about school - ds1 has school dinners (and dinner money!) But we still have dinner in the evening. So he has two dinners and no lunch!

Lonelymum Sun 06-Feb-05 15:24:01

That's my point. A cooked meal, be it at midday or in the evening, is dinner.

NameChangingMancMidlander Sun 06-Feb-05 15:24:06

breakfast, dinner and tea, bi think it's more common in the north of england where i'm from. i think breakfast, lunch & dinner are more a southern thing

charleypops Sun 06-Feb-05 15:24:40

Growing up in Yorkshire, I had breakfast, dinner, tea then supper just before bed

Now I live dahn saarf it's breakfast, lunch, tea then dinner. "Dinner", I think is interchangeable with "Supper". Of course, there is "brunch" too....

NameChangingMancMidlander Sun 06-Feb-05 15:25:48

although dses have packed lunch...

fisil Sun 06-Feb-05 15:42:19

I'm a southerner born and bred!

If someone invited me to dinner I'd turn up in the evening, though. Unless it was a Sunday ...

At school we had dinner ladies.

roisin Sun 06-Feb-05 15:44:23

We have breakfast - dinner - tea. (Yorkshire)

Though we might refer to dinner as lunch, especially if it's cold.

Joolstoo Sun 06-Feb-05 15:44:50

as a born and bred Mancunian it was always breakfast, dinner and tea but I've 'educated(?)' myself over the years and now its breakfast, lunch and dinner - or am just a snob?

edam Sun 06-Feb-05 15:47:09

Oh God, dinner ladies... brings back horrid memories of being kept behind because I couldn't eat huge quantities of the disgusting, revolting crap that masqueraded as food. Even frog-marched to the kitchen and made to apologise to the cook (who was lovely, and wasn't in the least bit bothered). Worst of all the head dinner lady's surname was the same as my first name.
My mother is a good cook, so school food was a real shock - bleurgh spam fritters and yucky thin gravy and gross meat with lots of fat.

fredtbad Sun 06-Feb-05 15:47:40

Fisil, that's a good point. If you received an invitation to a dinner party you'd expect it to be the evening wouldn't you.

marthamoo Sun 06-Feb-05 15:48:03

Joolstoo, snap, snap and snap

Lonelymum Sun 06-Feb-05 15:49:07

Where I live, dinner ladies have been replaced by meal time supervisors. Does anyone like that? Or it that the topic of a new, and potentially most contentious yet, thread?

Joolstoo Sun 06-Feb-05 15:49:59

martha - what day were you born again?

Moomina Sun 06-Feb-05 15:51:32

Oh, lm, first duvets and now - heavens! - mealtime supervisors? Are you wearing your hardhat?

happymerryberries Sun 06-Feb-05 15:51:33

REal story.

When I went for interview at my rather posh Oxford collage I turned up for a meeting over 5 hours early. You see, the invite said 'After Dinner' and in brackets 2:10. Little did I realise that this ment after tea (working class girl as I was!) and that 2:10 was the location not the time. The lovely chap who was hosting the meeting made me coffee to cover my confusion

Word must have got back to the Dons that they had a real, live working class female and they offered me a place

Joolstoo Sun 06-Feb-05 15:53:02

hmb !

Lonelymum Sun 06-Feb-05 15:53:37

The duvet debate is still alive and kicking (bewildered emoticon) Amazing what a hornet's nest you can stir up when you are sitting bored in front of a computer.

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