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Supper ??

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Now can someone define "supper" please? is it a light meal in the evening ? What is the difference between dinner and supper..
I think supper is a light meal and dinner is a full meal , with meat, veggies and potatoes kind of thing...

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Old 14.09.2009, 13:51
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What is the difference between dinner and supper..
Dinner is formal, supper is non-formal (in the traditional "American" family style).
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Supper is a couple of buttered crumpets at bedtime.

(It depends on your dialect... you won't get a definitive answer in this thread)
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Re: Supper ??

It can also be a more cultural and/or geographical distinction. City folk tend to eat dinner and country folk like to have supper. I heard the term supper much more in South Carolina than I did when I lived in California.
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Re: Supper ??

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Supper is a couple of buttered crumpets at bedtime.

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There's nothing finer than a couple of buttered crumpets at bedtime. In fact, unknowlingly you've stumbled upon the origin of the expression "supper". It's actually a corruption of the phrase "' 's'up to you" which was the response given by the husband to the wife concerning the question of what to do for the next couple of hours before sleep time. Hence "S'uppr"
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Re: Supper ??

It really depends on where you come from. To me, being from Scotland, supper is a snack that is eaten before going to bed.
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Re: Supper ??

To further confuse matters, people from "oop north" in England eat dinner at lunchtime and tea at dinner/supper time.

(of course coal is on the menu at both meals...)
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Hello....

Now can someone define "supper" please? is it a light meal in the evening ? What is the difference between dinner and supper..
I think supper is a light meal and dinner is a full meal , with meat, veggies and potatoes kind of thing...

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Maybe I'm simplifying a bit too much, but, in the USA, dinner usually is the main meal of the day, no matter if it is at noon or in the evening. Lunch is at noon, supper is in the evening, either of them can be dinner, but, as far as I can tell, in most areas dinner is at supper time. So, an evening dinner can still be called a supper, as long as it is the main meal of the day.
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Re: Supper ??

In the US, I've found supper tended to be more old-fashioned (grandparents would say it more than others) and dinner was the more universally used word.

Supper was used marginally more in the NYC area, but dinner was the main term, as it was in Cleveland Ohio.
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To further confuse matters, people from "oop north" in England eat dinner at lunchtime and tea at dinner/supper time.

(of course coal is on the menu at both meals...)

Bluddy luxshuury that is!
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Re: Supper ??

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Supper is a couple of buttered crumpets at bedtime.

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I've never been lucky enough to have two buttered crumpets come to bed with me at the same time. Oh sorry that's another dialect thing.

There is another spanner to throw into the works here. School dinners are served at lunchtime in many parts of England. That isn't really correct because as the OP says, Dinner is an evening meal. But because dinner is often referred to as a lunchtime meal, then people had tea in the evening at teatime and then supper before they went to bed. Of course this depends on social and regional backgrounds.
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I've never been lucky enough to have two buttered crumpets come to bed with me at the same time.
They'd be slippery with olive oil down your neck of the woods, wouldn't they?
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Re: Supper ??

when i were a lass we had supper just before bed which was either as DB said a nice bit of crumpet or toast or cereal etc..... these days i suspect supper is a packet of crisps and choccie bar before bed
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Re: Supper ??

We always have dinner at 12 noon in Scotland whether at school or not & our evening meal is also called tea unless you are dead posh then you would have dinner.

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I've never been lucky enough to have two buttered crumpets come to bed with me at the same time. Oh sorry that's another dialect thing.

There is another spanner to throw into the works here. School dinners are served at lunchtime in many parts of England. That isn't really correct because as the OP says, Dinner is an evening meal. But because dinner is often referred to as a lunchtime meal, then people had tea in the evening at teatime and then supper before they went to bed. Of course this depends on social and regional backgrounds.
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Re: Supper ??

In my family (midwestern US, lower middle class) "supper" was the evening meal. "Dinner" was if you went out to a restaurant or over to someone's house. (In fact what would happen is, they'd invite you round "for supper", but you'd say you were going there "for dinner".)

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I've never been lucky enough to have two buttered crumpets come to bed with me at the same time. Oh sorry that's another dialect thing.

There is another spanner to throw into the works here. School dinners are served at lunchtime in many parts of England. That isn't really correct because as the OP says, Dinner is an evening meal. But because dinner is often referred to as a lunchtime meal, then people had tea in the evening at teatime and then supper before they went to bed. Of course this depends on social and regional backgrounds.
again when i were a lass it was dinner at err dinner time and tea at tea time, I was brought up in a farming background so dinner was always a hot dinner. I have since turned much more cosmopolitan and had it drummed into me that it is now lunch and dinner, when i go back up t'north it's still me dinner and tea time
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when i were a lass we had supper just before bed which was either as DB said a nice bit of crumpet or toast or cereal etc..... these days i suspect supper is a packet of crisps and choccie bar before bed

No, that's only if your name is Marianne Faithfull.

Alledgedly.
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I've never been lucky enough to have two buttered crumpets come to bed with me at the same time.
That's ménage ŕ trois, a totally different subject..
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Re: Supper ??

Ahhhhh in Asia (Singapore / HKG / Malaysia at least), supper is a rather loose term. Usually taken late in the night (or really early in the morning depends on how you see it) when you are peckish and want company of your fellow night owl friends. Helps that food stalls open almost 24 hours in these countries.

It is more than crumpets - usually a full meal like noodles, chicken wings etc.
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Old 14.09.2009, 14:28
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chicken wings etc.
chicken wings you say? seems like you are fulfilling your late night super cravings in Zurich regularly
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