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General Chat Thread, Tea or Dinner? Dinner or Lunch? in General; Bit of a strange one Me and my colleague are having a bit of a debate. I call the 12 ...
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    Tea or Dinner? Dinner or Lunch?

    Bit of a strange one

    Me and my colleague are having a bit of a debate.

    I call the 12 o-clockish meal dinner. Always been "dinner ladys" (don't shoot me for being sexist!) at school and dinner time.

    And I call my afternoon meal Tea.

    My colleague called the 12-oclock meal "lunch" and the afternoon meal dinner.

    Maybe its just a northern thing, interested to see what you all think thou.

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    Lunch and Tea. Although if I'm eating really late, it becomes dinner.

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    noon to 1pm or whatever is Lunch. (although i still call them Dinner Ladies also)

    meal in the evening is Dinner.

    I drink Tea


    although i'd prefer:

    breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, High Tea, Dinner, and supper - especially if they all contained meat!

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    You always take a packed LUNCH and an evening DINNER.

    TEA is something you drink or sometimes an evening snack but not your mail evening meal that is DINNER

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    From living both in the North and South of England I have noticed that up here it is dinner and tea, but down there it is lunch and dinner. I personally use lunch and dinner, then tea if you have a sandwich or something after dinner.

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    I think tea refers to an afternoon snack, so for me its lunch. tea, dinner and then supper.

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    Up here it's:

    08:00 - 11:00
    Breakfast 1, breakfast 2, and breakfast 3

    12:00 - 14:00
    Dinner 1 & dinner 2

    17:00 - 19:00
    Tea 1 & tea 2 followed by snack 1 and snack 2

    19:00 onwards
    Supper 1 & and supper 2 followed by midnight munchies


    (long story short is I eat a lot, and we call it dinner and tea)

    Oh, and while we're on the subject it's mam, not mum or mom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    Oh, and while we're on the subject it mam, not mum or mom
    Them's fighting words!! My mom isn't a mam!

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    Well, old chap, here it's tiffin around 12 noon-1pm, with high tea at approximately 3:30pm. Evening meal around 6-7pm, followed by gin slings.

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    Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Tea, Supper!

    I live in the Midlands but have family in the North, so go figure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Them's fighting words!! My mom isn't a mam!
    Well, if you try to hurt me I'll just get my Dod onto you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    Well, if you try to hurt me I'll just get my Dod onto you
    Which reminds me of the hilarious Frankie Boyle joke about gay dads.....

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    after some web searching (wikipedia i admit it)

    Dinner used to be the name of the main meal of the day. However, depending upon culture, it may now be the second, third or fourth meal of the day[1]. Originally, it referred to the first meal of the day, eaten about noon, and is still occasionally used in this fashion if it refers to a large or main meal.
    In some usages, the term dinner has continued to refer to the largest meal of the day, even when this meal is eaten at the end of the day and is preceded by two other meals. In this terminology, the preceding meals are usually referred to as breakfast and lunch. In some areas, this leads to a variable name for meals depending on the combination of their size and the time of day, while in others meal names are fixed based on the time they are consumed. However, even in systems in which dinner is the meal usually eaten at the end of the day, an individual dinner may still refer to a main or more sophisticated meal at any time in the day, such as a banquet, feast, or a special meal eaten on a Sunday.
    So it seems to depend on how people took the definition

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    Breakfast in the morning, dinner at noon, tea in the evening, and supper late at night.

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    for me (from london) its lunch and dinner. for my wife (from nottingham) its lunch and tea

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