Breakfast, dinner, tea vs. breakfast, lunch, dinner?

What do you call the main meals of the day?

  • Breakfast, dinner, tea.

    Votes: 6 10.0%
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

    Votes: 45 75.0%
  • I couldn't really care less.

    Votes: 9 15.0%

  • Total voters
    60

MasterHowl

macrumors 65816
Original poster
Oct 3, 2010
1,020
33
North of England
There was a rather heated discussion about which was the correct names for the main meals of the day in my university flat today and I really amused me!

Personally, I've always said breakfast dinner tea, not breakfast lunch dinner.

I appreciate that both ways of saying it are correct (but you're more correct if you say breakfast dinner tea, ;)), and was interested what you all think.

Discuss :D
 

Jaffa Cake

macrumors Core
Aug 1, 2004
19,801
7
The City of Culture, Englandshire
Breakfast, dinner and tea. This is how it is in t'North, therefore it is right.

I was having a similar discussion the other day as it happens, and it was pointed out that the staff on duty at midday at school here in Englandshire are dinner ladies – not lunch ladies. Insurmountable proof if ever there was any. :cool:
 

MasterHowl

macrumors 65816
Original poster
Oct 3, 2010
1,020
33
North of England
Breakfast, dinner and tea. This is how it is in t'North, therefore it is right.

I was having a similar discussion the other day as it happens, and it was pointed out that the staff on duty at midday at school here in Englandshire are dinner ladies – not lunch ladies. Insurmountable proof if ever there was any. :cool:
Hah :D That was one my arguments... "lunch lady" just doesn't sound right like "dinner lady" does... Also, we always have our Christmas day meal at about 1 o'clock in the afternoon and call it "Christmas Dinner". "Christmas Lunch" just sounds wrong!

I've got a few southerners in my flat so they just don't get me :p
 

Nermal

Moderator
Staff member
Dec 7, 2002
18,778
1,243
New Zealand
I hear "tea" for the evening meal rather frequently here, but I've never heard of a midday meal being called "dinner"! :eek:
 

mikeyredk

macrumors 65816
Mar 13, 2003
1,268
1
There was a rather heated discussion about which was the correct names for the main meals of the day in my university flat today and I really amused me!

Personally, I've always said breakfast dinner tea, not breakfast lunch dinner.

I appreciate that both ways of saying it are correct (but you're more correct if you say breakfast dinner tea, ;)), and was interested what you all think.

Discuss :D
Well that depends on if your in the Tea Party ;)

I would say Tea is a snack between lunch and dinner
 

TexasChemE

macrumors 6502a
Oct 28, 2011
766
8
Breakfast , lunch, and dinner. I have honestly never heard it called breakfast, dinner, and tea before...(call me uncultured or whatever, but growing up in the south does that to you :D )
 

wordoflife

macrumors 604
Jul 6, 2009
7,563
34
dinner = lunch
tea = dinner

:confused:

I've never heard that before. At least not here, in the US. Interesting though. On a side note, I can drink tea whenever. A few times a day in fact.
 

Macman45

macrumors G5
Jul 29, 2011
13,199
133
Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
Expat New Yorker, but old habits die hard. I guess I just call it food, since I don't really have a set time to eat.....Fried Chicken at 2 AM is a common occourence

Don't know what you'd call that:D
 

X5-452

macrumors 6502
Feb 16, 2006
475
37
Calgary, Canada
Hah :D That was one my arguments... "lunch lady" just doesn't sound right like "dinner lady" does... Also, we always have our Christmas day meal at about 1 o'clock in the afternoon and call it "Christmas Dinner". "Christmas Lunch" just sounds wrong!

I've got a few southerners in my flat so they just don't get me :p
That's funny because "dinner lady" sounds wrong to me.

It has, and always will be, "lunch lady" here in North America.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner for me.

Or Breakfast / Lunch / Supper.

Either works.
 

firestarter

macrumors 603
Dec 31, 2002
5,497
108
Green and pleasant land
Well, as a Northerner in London I tend to use both, depending on how much I ate at midday.

If my evening meal is smaller than my midday one then it's tea. If bigger then it's dinner.

tl/dr; dinner is the biggest meal of the day - whenever it is. :)

(I voted with t'Northerners though, just to give moral support)
 

MasterHowl

macrumors 65816
Original poster
Oct 3, 2010
1,020
33
North of England
On a side note, I can drink tea whenever. A few times a day in fact.
Yeah I drink tea loads during the day, whenever I feel like it (usually about 4 or 5 cups a day), but I say "I'm having a cup of tea", to distinguish it from the meal tea which we have at about half past 5 every day ^.^

A few people mentioned supper... I call that the small meal you have right before you go to bed if you're feeling hungry because you didn't have a big tea or whatever. It's usually a few slices of toast or a boiled egg or something.
 

maflynn

Moderator
Staff member
May 3, 2009
66,390
33,010
Boston
I could care less, I have no real main meal. I'm one of those strange persons who only eat for nourishment. Since losing my sense of smell, my sense of taste has decreased dramatically so one meal tastes like any other meal regardless of what it is
 
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.