June 06, 2006

Sing For Your Supper...

I'us going through the comments from the previous posts, and Rave tol' T1G that his use of the word "supper" labeled him as a Northerner. That could be true, but I'm thinking that the lad is a bit ol' fashioned. I think if you look back far enough, you see that the use of "supper" for the evening meal was pretty much a national thing... now, it's use is limited, even up North, to old farmers and their get.

Dinner was the midday meal, back in the time. The "dinner bell" was used to call the farmers and the help in from the fields, or barns... wherever they were working. They'd come in, wash up, and get themselves a hot meal, before heading back out to finish up the day's work. Sometimes they'd take their meal with them... some meat, a chunk of bread, and maybe some cheese and an apple. This was lunch... or as they call it in the Old World, a plowman's lunch.

The final meal of the day was supper. After all the work was done, the evening meal was et, and cocktails or beer drank. Where do you think the idea for "supper clubs" came from? They gave folks a chance to get out and relax a bit... get away from home and work for awhile. Ah, but I'm drifting a bit, as I'm apt to do.

My point is, it's not a matter of North or South as to which should be used. It's a matter of bein' proper.

Dinner = midday.
Supper = last meal of the day. Or possibly, ever.

Just ask that Jesus feller...

Posted by Righty at June 6, 2006 08:37 AM

LOL- Point taken....

But you HAVE to give me something! It is still predominately a Northern thing. (I should know, I'm originally from the Boston area.) Damn Yankees!

Posted by: Rave at June 6, 2006 09:14 AM

What about second breakfast? elevensies? Luncheon? Afternoon tea?

Posted by: Harvey at June 6, 2006 10:04 AM

As long as no one calls me late for it, I don't care WHAT ya call it.

But for me? Yep, it's Dinner. :-)

Posted by: Tammi at June 6, 2006 10:30 AM

What about the fourth meal? The meal between supper and breakfast?

Posted by: Quality Weenie at June 6, 2006 10:36 AM

I'm with T1G on this one, it's supper dammit.

And the midday meal is LUNCH :)

Posted by: Graumagus at June 6, 2006 11:09 AM

I'm not sure if its a Northern thing or just a rural thing.

I don't think I ever heard the word dinner until I joined the Army and I was raised in Georgia

Posted by: BloodSpite at June 6, 2006 12:32 PM

Here on the farm it is:
Dinner (noon meal)

Now you may go "grab some lunch" around noon, if you're in town.

Posted by: Jerry at June 6, 2006 02:06 PM