Burning Questions: What do you call the main evening meal? Is it tea, dinner or supper?

This Is Local London: What name do you have for the main meal of the day in the evening? What name do you have for the main meal of the day in the evening?

What do you call the main meal of the day that’s eaten in the evening? Is it tea, dinner or supper?

Do you have any particular reason for using whatever name you give to this meal? Do you think there are any regional or class reasons to explain why people have different words for the same thing?

If you’re one of the many who call the evening meal dinner you presumably must sensibly call the meal in the middle of the day lunch rather than dinner like some people do. But what about Sunday dinner which is eaten at lunchtime? That just confuses things further.

Do you eat your evening meal at a dining table or sat in the living room with the plate on your lap?

And who gets stuck with doing the dishes in your house, or do you have a dishwasher?

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7:48am Fri 14 Mar 14

goldenbroomboy says...

Traditionally Breakfast is the morning meal, Lunch is at noon. Tea is a small meal taken about four o'clock in the afternoon, if you take Tea, then you take another small meal, Supper, at about eight in the evening.

An alternative is to dispense with Tea, and Supper, and to eat Dinner, a larger meal, at six or perhaps seven in the evening.
Traditionally Breakfast is the morning meal, Lunch is at noon. Tea is a small meal taken about four o'clock in the afternoon, if you take Tea, then you take another small meal, Supper, at about eight in the evening. An alternative is to dispense with Tea, and Supper, and to eat Dinner, a larger meal, at six or perhaps seven in the evening. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 5

8:12am Fri 14 Mar 14

MaraJade says...

I suspect it's also to do with the North/South divide.
Coming from near Manchester, I would say Breakfast, Lunch and Tea.
I suspect it's also to do with the North/South divide. Coming from near Manchester, I would say Breakfast, Lunch and Tea. MaraJade
  • Score: 7

8:48am Fri 14 Mar 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Hubby says tea, I say dinner. Dinner is always around 6 o'clock in this household (including the Sunday roast). Mainly it is the dishwasher who does the washing up, then this dishwasher who is away from the kitchen sink at the moment, and even hubby does his share of washing up, but hardly my son, he has to be dragged kicking and screaming to the sink so best not ask him. Why is it though that as soon as you load the dishwasher or have completed the washing up, dying up and putting away of crockery, so somebody immediately produces glasses of plates to the kitchen when you have specifically already enquired if there is anything else to be washed up?
Hubby says tea, I say dinner. Dinner is always around 6 o'clock in this household (including the Sunday roast). Mainly it is the dishwasher who does the washing up, then this dishwasher who is away from the kitchen sink at the moment, and even hubby does his share of washing up, but hardly my son, he has to be dragged kicking and screaming to the sink so best not ask him. Why is it though that as soon as you load the dishwasher or have completed the washing up, dying up and putting away of crockery, so somebody immediately produces glasses of plates to the kitchen when you have specifically already enquired if there is anything else to be washed up? sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 19

3:38pm Fri 14 Mar 14

G Bishop says...

As our family originally hail from Belarus, we call it вячэру.
As our family originally hail from Belarus, we call it вячэру. G Bishop
  • Score: 2

4:11pm Sun 16 Mar 14

paulbexleyheath says...

does anyone still have a supper these days .
does anyone still have a supper these days . paulbexleyheath
  • Score: 1

10:46pm Mon 17 Mar 14

mouthalmighty says...

Deffo dinner. Some kids at school called it tea.
Deffo dinner. Some kids at school called it tea. mouthalmighty
  • Score: 0

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