dinner or supper?

Tara - posted on 04/20/2011 ( 83 moms have responded )

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Just out of curiosity, do you call your evening meal dinner or supper?
And just for the sake of surveying, where are you from? Did you grow up with the terminology you use now?
We use dinner but I grew up with Supper, not sure when it changed or why. I'm in Canada.

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Krista - posted on 04/20/2011

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@Johnny: You're right.

If we say we're "going out for supper", it implies something fairly casual -- like a family restaurant or a diner. If you say, "We're going out for dinner", that implies something a bit more elegant.

Johnny - posted on 04/20/2011

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I live on the west coast of Canada. We use dinner and supper interchangeably. But I would say that when it is a special meal or a nice dining out place, we lean more towards dinner. No idea why, just seems "fancier".

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Shannon brought up a good point Dinner is supposed to be the biggest meal of the day, so it makes sense that it would be the mid-day meal. Why would you eat the biggest meal at the end of the day? You don't need that much energy to go to bed.
We have a big dinner, then a light supper.

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Merry - posted on 04/23/2011

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I say kleenex, even if it's a different brand! But we too just use toilet paper, unless someone's sick, then I buy a box or two to place around the house :)

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we call it tea im from australia and my grandparents call lunch dinner so dinner/supper becomes tea...i think it originated from england

Charlie - posted on 04/22/2011

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Tissue ..but we use toilet paper too im not wasting money on two different products when its the same bloody thing !

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Jenn, I'm the same and people think it's weird we use toilet paper for noses. As if we wipe our bum and then our nose.

I'd say either, but most often it's tissue. As for the napkin, that's a feminine hygiene product. I use serviette. oddly enough.

Lisa M, maybe that other room is a root cellar? I've seen in a few scary movies that the root cellar always has a weird pile of rubbish in it.

Dana - posted on 04/22/2011

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I say tissue too. Mostly because I see Kleenex as a brand,not the over all name. And I prefer Puffs with aloe too. ;)

Jenn - posted on 04/22/2011

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Both. Although I don't actually buy tissues, we use toilet paper, but if someone has a runny nose I'll tell them to get a tissue or Kleenex - just depends what word comes out of my mouth at the time LOL!

Corena - posted on 04/22/2011

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I think I usually call it supper at home and dinner if we go out. I am in Canada. BC

Jenn - posted on 04/22/2011

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And yes, brunch is eaten around 10 or 11 am instead of breakfast and lunch - hence brunch. I like to refer to a mix of lunch and supper as lupper LMAO! But that's not a real term that people use around here.

Jenn - posted on 04/22/2011

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Basement. To me a cellar is something that you access from the outside of the house - like in Wizard of Oz when she tries to go into the storm cellar. And as far as the other question that seems to have been missed, I call them napkins, but my Mum says serviette.

Minnie - posted on 04/22/2011

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Yeah, I grew up in a house that is 175 years old- the cellar has a dirt floor, and there is a room for wood. Another room is full of some huge pile of weird rubble. We can stand up in it though. Very spooky lol.

Merry - posted on 04/22/2011

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Basement, never actually used the word cellar. Wisconsin USA
I think it's so cool and a bit weird how we all speak English and yet so much of the words we say are different......

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I'd call it a basement too, but haven't seen one since leaving the US 12 years ago. So does that mean all those people in Coober Pedy actually live in basements?

Jodi - posted on 04/21/2011

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"a slurring of breakfast & lunch (afternoon snack)."

Here, brunch is a mid-morning meal. So instead of having breakfast in the morning and lunch around midday, "brunch" is halfway between the two......

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I have only ever heard supper called "tea" on COM. Here, southern US, "tea" is interchanged with "brunch" which is a mid-day meal made with breakfast foods and sweet snacks--thus the name: a slurring of breakfast & lunch (afternoon snack). Some call it "tea" if they actually eat breakfast and dinner, but "brunch" if they have skipped breakfast and are subbing it for dinner.....but I digress.

Basement....in the southern US, most houses don't have them unless they have wine or potatoes in them, so we say cellar, but we almost always specify "wine cellar" or "potato cellar". Potato cellars are becoming very rare....most also still have a dirt floor and you cannot stand upright in them. In MI, most homes have an entire floor blow the surface of the earth complete with everything except windows, which I found very eerie and disquieting....so I stayed up stairs.


For whatever reason, I find these conversations on different dialects incredibly interesting...

Jodi - posted on 04/21/2011

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My in-laws call lunch dinner, and they call dinner tea as well. It caused a bit of confusion one Christmas, we told them we would be there for Christmas dinner......and they prepared lunch for us :O. I felt terrible, but I never realised they would interpret it that way, and because my husband had pretty much not lived at home in 20 years, he didn't realise either......



Lesson learned.....I ALWAYS clarify now.

Jodi - posted on 04/21/2011

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I'm from Wisconsin (U.S.), I grew up with supper at home, but the Catholic school I attended called it dinner. I call it dinner, to my parents and in-laws, dinner is lunch! It gets confusing makinf dinner plans!!!

Charlie - posted on 04/21/2011

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The only time I call it a cellar is when there is wine stored in it :D

Minnie - posted on 04/21/2011

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That's interesting. I grew up with supper but call it dinner. Probably because I've been with my husband so long and that's what he's always called it.

New poll- cellar or basement? :D

I'm from NY but live in NH right now.

Hope - posted on 04/21/2011

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We use them interchangably- sometimes its dinner and others its supper. We live in SC.

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dinner



Canada's westcoast.



I heard Johnny refer to it as supper the other day and I kinda giggled. We're not far from each other and I was surprised by that. Anyhow....



My inlaws who are from back east originally, refer to it as supper.



I'm late to this but just felt this overwhelming urge to comment anyhow. Carry on.

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Jodi, my husband's family are all in NSW (North Coast) and they use "tea", so I don't think it's a Victorian thing. It is a pommie (English) thing though.

I'm working on confusing the hell out of my boys. Being a Japanese/Finnish American who is now also an Australian, I use dinner, supper, tea and gohan interchangeably... Sometimes in the same sentence!

Jodi - posted on 04/21/2011

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I call it dinner, but I grew up with it called "tea". My parents still call it tea most of the time.

Anotehr interesting one is dessert......my parents grew up calling it sweets. I think it comes from the English/Irish background. I also get the feeling that referring to "dinner" as "tea" is very *Victorian* (as in Victoria Australia......) as opposed to being from NSW. No idea why.

Have I missed some of the British ladies and what they call it?

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I'm a Canadian living in Australia. I knew the evening meal as supper, but Australians refer to 'supper' as a small meal had late at night (before bed). Now that my meals are topsy turvy being that I have 'breakfast' at night, I tend to now refer to meals as 'first' 'second' 'third'...

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I'm a Canadian living in Australia. I knew the evening meal as supper, but Australians refer to 'supper' as a small meal had late at night (before bed). Now that my meals are topsy turvy being that I have 'breakfast' at night, I tend to now refer to meals as 'first' 'second' 'third'...

Becky - posted on 04/21/2011

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Typically I call it supper. Dinner would be a big meal - like a big family meal or having company over - whether that is at lunch time or supper time.
I'm in Alberta, but was raised in Africa, in an American boarding school. I think I did grow up with the terminology I use now, but I can't really remember! I do remember though that at our boarding school, we called Sunday lunch, which was a bigger, family-style meal, Sunday dinner.

Emily - posted on 04/20/2011

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I'm in the heart of Pennsylvania dutch country...and all of my relatives call it Supper. My mom is from Ohio, and she always called it Dinner...so now that I'm a mom, we call it Dinner in my house :o)

April - posted on 04/20/2011

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We call it dinner and i grew up in Sydney, Australia. i always heard dinner except i had a neighbour when i was little who referred to it as tea, i used to think "why does she drink tea at night??" LOL now i know that it's either dinner or tea but i always call it dinner. :)

I never knew people still used the word supper, i thought it was an olden day word that they made the disney princesses use...

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I am from Bodie Island and we call it 'lounjmast'. I know that it's German origin but I can't find a definition for it so I don't know it's literal meaning. When I moved out west and said lounjmast people laughed and had no idea what I was talking about so I started saying dinner. : )

Carolyn - posted on 04/20/2011

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Grew up with supper. It the term my parents use. But we use dinner as well in this house. Might have something to do with my american husband ?

Dinner was something we would always go out for growing up. Supper was at home.

Joanna - posted on 04/20/2011

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I grew up in North Dakota, and it was called supper. Then I got teased to high hell when I moved to California and called it that. Here, it's dinner. Though I still slip sometimes. My husband thinks it's cute.

Ez - posted on 04/20/2011

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Tara did my status last night prompt this thread? haha
It's dinner in this house. Some family and friends call it tea, so I probably use that on the odd occasion. I'm an Aussie.

Stifler's - posted on 04/20/2011

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Dinner or tea sometimes. My parents and grandparents both alternated between dinner and tea. I thought supper was the meal you have right before bed with a cup of tea while watching late night tv like dinner when dad gets home from work, dessert then at like 10PM my family will have raisin toast (or cake) and a cuppa then go to bed and my grandma always called that supper. I'm from Australia. I don't know how my family aren't fat.

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I call it dinner. I grew up in Florida and can remember using both. I don't know when or why I chose dinner as the main word though lol

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I call it dinner. I live in a small country town so most of the town call it tea. I know they also refer to lunch and dinner and dinner is tea. I am far more simple and call things Breakfast, Lunch and dinner!

Rosie - posted on 04/20/2011

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i grew up with supper, and now it's a pretty even mixture of supper and dinner. i dont' know why or when it changed either. i live in iowa. :)

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