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June 7th, 2005

Supper or Dinner?

Growing up, was it called “supper” or “dinner” in your house?

We always called it dinner, though had plenty of friends who referred to it as “supper,” which always sounded a bit odd to me. Technically, there is a difference, but in my experience, they’ve always been used interchangably for the early evening meal.

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FROM: Barbara
DATE: Tuesday June 7, 2005 -- 9:32:28 am
During the week it was supper, on Sunday afternoon at 1 or 2 pm it was Dinner.

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday June 7, 2005 -- 10:46:56 am
We always used both to mean the same thing in my family.

FROM: David July [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday June 7, 2005 -- 1:53:43 pm
Dinner, always.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Tuesday June 7, 2005 -- 3:35:26 pm

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Tuesday June 7, 2005 -- 4:16:58 pm
Supper. No one I knew said dinner, but we were all familiar with the term because dinner is what they say on TV. So, we grew up thinking it was a synonymous term.

Then, some Pennsylvanians we knew used the word dinner and supper and lunch synonymously. Huh?

By the way, does anyone really say luncheon anymore? I've only heard a few really old timers say luncheon.

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday June 7, 2005 -- 6:21:07 pm

Joseph, I hear luncheon used to describe a more formal meal or a lunch that is a celebration of some sort - goodbye luncheon for a co-worker, etc.

FROM: snaily
DATE: Friday July 1, 2005 -- 5:53:39 pm
i think dinner used to e the word 4 lunch and supper was dinner. but i always call it dinner.

FROM: me lol
DATE: Saturday July 2, 2005 -- 10:48:41 am
supper was lunch ...noonish ...
dinner was when it got to dark to work .....

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday July 2, 2005 -- 3:45:49 pm
Either one, we used them interchangably when I was growing up (although we were not on the east coast by any means).

Recently it's more "food" or "eat". As in, "what would you like for eating time?". Ah, I feel uncouth now...

FROM: bobby
DATE: Sunday May 7, 2006 -- 8:02:37 pm
supper is too trailer park for me

FROM: Abbey
DATE: Sunday May 7, 2006 -- 8:56:53 pm
The 3 meals are called "breakfast", "lunch", and "dinner"!

FROM: jk
DATE: Wednesday June 7, 2006 -- 10:59:40 pm
It's taken me a year to decide that it's always dinner.

ann June 16, 2007, 6:38 pm

Supper is usually served between 5 – 6 PM
Dinner is always served at 8 PM

Supper is family fare
Dinner will always have courses, including a salad or soup and dessert.

Roger in Virginia February 15, 2009, 8:07 am

Being from Maine, we had breakfast, dinner, and supper. And if it was late in the day say 4:00 or 5:00 PM, and if we went out to a restaurant, that was also considered dinner.
Here in Virinia, it’s always breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Luncheon is only used when you’re having a “Business Luncheon.” AND only Ladies go out for Tea, that’s not a man thing! LOL

Kimmy October 16, 2009, 7:32 pm

Being a bit of a rebel, I hear ‘dinner’ said so often that I prefer to call it ‘supper’.
Also, ‘dinner’ sounds too commercial for me. Assumed mass-representation of any company’s target market makes me take the other road.

I guess ‘Kraft Supper’ would sound weird .. lol.

No matter. For me it always has been, is, and probably always will be ‘supper’, UNLESS it’s a very fancy affair. Then I’m okay with it.

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