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

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What do you call the main meals of the day?

  1. Breakfast, dinner, tea.

    6 vote(s)
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  2. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

    45 vote(s)
    75.0%
  3. I couldn't really care less.

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  1. MasterHowl macrumors 65816

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    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
     
  2. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    I always thought tea was like an afternoon snack.
     
  3. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    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:
     
  4. MasterHowl thread starter macrumors 65816

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    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
     
  5. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    They have a valuable opportunity to be properly educated by you, they should be grateful. ;)
     
  6. lewis82 macrumors 68000

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    Breakfast, lunch, supper.

    Or in french: déjeuner, dîner, souper. ;)
     
  7. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    I refuse to have our oppressors dictate when our fuel is to be consumed. ;)
     
  8. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    I hear "tea" for the evening meal rather frequently here, but I've never heard of a midday meal being called "dinner"! :eek:
     
  10. mikeyredk macrumors 65816

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

    I would say Tea is a snack between lunch and dinner
     
  11. TexasChemE macrumors 6502a

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    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 )
     
  12. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    I've never heard dinner referred to as tea before, but I have heard it called supper.
     
  13. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    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.
     
  14. BreakGuy macrumors 6502a

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    Breakfast, Lunch and Tea is how it is people. :D
     
  15. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Brekkie
    Morning tea
    Lunch
    Afternoon tea
    Dinner


    That's how I roll.
     
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  17. Comeagain? macrumors 68020

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. "That's ow we do it in the states so it must be right..."
     
  18. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

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    Breakfast lunch dinner and tea if I am thirsty.
     
  19. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I'll have tea whenever the hell I want, even at dinner.
     
  20. Macman45 macrumors G5

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    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
     
  21. bradl macrumors 68040

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    Cela devrait être le petit dejeuner, le dejeuner, et le diner, n'est-ce pas?

    BL.
     
  22. X5-452 macrumors 6502

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    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.
     
  23. firestarter macrumors 603

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    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)
     
  24. MasterHowl thread starter macrumors 65816

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    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.
     
  25. maflynn Moderator

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    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
     

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