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Old 02-23-2020, 10:46 AM
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Growing up did you say dinner or supper for the 3rd meal of the day? Do you say the same thing now? Where are you from?

There's an article online that says Southerners and farmers say "supper" while everyone else says "dinner". I beg to differ. I live in the NE and growing up we called it "supper", not until I went to college (in the same state) that I started calling it dinner because that's what it said on the menu and I guess I liked it better.
Also growing up we called the living room the "parlor". Seems so ancient to call it that now.


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Old 02-23-2020, 10:49 AM
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I live in NC and call the evening meal supper. When my parents were growing up in farm families the big meal of the day was around noon and was called dinner. However, now if we go out to eat at night we call it dinner and the noon meal lunch.
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Old 02-23-2020, 10:49 AM
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I also grew up in the NE and called it supper. I still do and so do my kids and my granddaughter who lives in California
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Old 02-23-2020, 11:00 AM
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DH and I grew up 30 miles away from each other in MI. I say dinner. He says supper.
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Old 02-23-2020, 11:22 AM
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My Dad grew up in Providence, Rhode Island and my Mom was raised in Montana. I grew up outside of San Francisco, California. We all called it dinner.


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Old 02-23-2020, 11:23 AM
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My family in Iowa called dinner the lunch/afternoon meal and supper the evening meal. But I think dinner was usually reserved for BIG afternoon meals- like on Sunday or something. I think we (in Illinois) called dinner the evening meal and lunch the afternoon meal.

I guess I call it dinner and sometimes supper for the evening meal. It depends, but I think it's more often dinner.
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Old 02-23-2020, 11:28 AM
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It really depends. If our noon meal is larger we call that dinner, then our evening meal will be the lighter meal of the day and we will call it supper. If we had a light lunch and our evening meal is larger we will call that meal dinner. So basically, whichever meal is larger gets called dinner. We can have lunch and dinner OR dinner and supper depending on what is being served and when. A good day is when we have 2 dinners!!
I grew up in a central Minnesota big farming family.
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Old 02-23-2020, 11:58 AM
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I call it dinner. Growing up, dinner was a bigger meal. A lighter meal would be supper.
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Old 02-23-2020, 12:01 PM
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Ohio growing up. Mom said supper, dad said dinner. I mostly call it dinner, but often enough call it supper.
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Old 02-23-2020, 12:15 PM
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If I ever said dinner my mom would correct me to supper. Her family was from Pennsylvania she thought dinner was highfaluting .


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Old 02-23-2020, 12:21 PM
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I'm from the south and I call the most substantial meal of the day "supper." For me that tends to be the noon meal. If it's not the most substantial meal. The evening meal is dinner.
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Old 02-23-2020, 12:32 PM
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Both. I think it depends on what we're eating. If we're having something fancy like salmon cooked in leeks, I'll call it dinner. If it's something simple like soup and cheese toast, I'll call it supper.

I grew up in Western Canada.
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Old 02-23-2020, 12:36 PM
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.....called it supper. I still do and so do my kids and my granddaughter who lives in California
This is odd to me because I’ve lived in California all my life, have always said dinner, and have never once been invited to friends/family for supper.
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Old 02-23-2020, 12:51 PM
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The evening meal is "tea", although its usage is being replaced by "dinner". "Supper" is the snack you have just before going to bed. "Tea" for the evening meal was pretty universal when I was a child in the 60s.
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Old 02-23-2020, 12:59 PM
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In my family, "dinner" is any meal that's a bit more special than usual. So, while we have "lunch" and "supper" most days, if we have guests it's "dinner" even if we aren't serving more food than usual. If it's a special occasion (holiday, birthday) it's "dinner." If we're eating out someplace nice, we're having "dinner" out but if we just don't feel like cooking we go get "supper" or "lunch" at a restraurant. I grew up in SD and MN and live in WI now.

ETA: And I've only ever heard anyone talk about a "parlor" if they actually do have a more formal living room that's used only for company.
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Old 02-23-2020, 01:08 PM
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I’m from MA and I grew up saying supper. I kind of dropped the habit when I went to college because nobody else said it!!! Even though I went to college in Boston.
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Old 02-23-2020, 01:32 PM
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I live in NC and call the evening meal supper. When my parents were growing up in farm families the big meal of the day was around noon and was called dinner.
I live in Georgia and when I grew up those same terms were used for the evening and noon meals. Now most people around here still call the evening meal supper, but now we call the noon meal lunch.
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Old 02-23-2020, 01:34 PM
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Growing up on the farm(midwest)it was always supper and still is even though I live in rural town but only about 80 miles from my hometown.
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Old 02-23-2020, 01:44 PM
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It would have been highly unusual to invite anyone over for supper. Supper was what the family ate about 6:00. Meat, potatoes, vegetables, simple dessert. Dinner would be a more formal meal, suitable for guests. More special food. Perhaps a roast and a pie or cake for dessert. A tablecloth would be appropriate.

I grew up in upstate New York. My dad and mom were from Ohio and both had rural roots.
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Old 02-23-2020, 02:15 PM
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I never use supper now. Growing up we used the terms interchangeably. I was taught that dinner was the larger meal, whether served at noon or in the evening. However we always had our larger meal in the evening so we might say "it's suppertime" or "it's dinnertime."
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Old 02-23-2020, 02:16 PM
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here in NJ. My grandparents in Maine called it supper, however, it was not the main meal of the day. They ate the main meal, meat, potatoes, vegetables, rolls and pie at noon. At that time their community was small farmers, and people working in a mill. The mill let all workers go home for a meal at noon. Different times.
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Old 02-23-2020, 03:15 PM
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When I think about it, I use both with no specifications or reasons as to why. NE Ohio, by the way.
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Old 02-23-2020, 03:17 PM
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I'm born and raised in California, both of my parents come from farming/agriculture families.

We've only ever said lunch for the noon meal and dinner for the evening meal. However, my grandmother, who was raised in Colorado, referred to the evening meal as supper.
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Old 02-23-2020, 03:25 PM
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We have always called it dinner, which was our evening meal. Our noon meal was lunch.
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Old 02-23-2020, 03:28 PM
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Supper is the evening meal. Dinner is what we have at noon.
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Old 02-23-2020, 03:47 PM
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The noon meal was Lunch on Monday through Saturday, but became Dinner on Sundays. The evening meal was always Supper. I grew up and now live in New England. I've switched over the years to Lunch and Dinner. I no longer eat Supper.
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Old 02-23-2020, 04:27 PM
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Interesting! I realize I say “Supper’s Ready “ at home for our evening meal. But I always say “Let’s go out to dinner or Let’s invite friends over for dinner”. At noon we eat lunch.
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Old 02-23-2020, 04:30 PM
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Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner


Brunch if it’s a late breakfast/early lunch.

I grew up in Florida. But, my family is from the Chicago area.
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Old 02-23-2020, 04:39 PM
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I grew up in Chicago. Supper was a family meal eaten in the evening. Dinner was a meal eaten on Sunday afternoon
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Old 02-23-2020, 05:40 PM
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Like Lilbitkm it is
Breakfast
Lunch
Supper

I live in Wisconsin.
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Old 02-23-2020, 06:22 PM
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DH and I both call it dinner. He was born in IN and most of his family still lives there. I was born and raised in FL and my family is from Baltimore. My parents and MIL also called it dinner.

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Could be generational as well
Old 02-23-2020, 06:45 PM
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I grew up in Michigan but my parents were from Ohio. We said “dinner” for our evening meal but Dad would sometimes use “supper” interchangeably.

I was also thinking that in addition to a geographical thing, could it also be a generational thing? I grew up in the 80’s and my parents were Baby Boomers.
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Old 02-23-2020, 07:03 PM
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I grew up in OH. I used those words interchangeably growing up. Now, in CO, I would use the word "dinner" only- I never really hear people say supper here. We were actually just talking about this the other day at work. Some of my teammates, who are from various midwestern states, used to call lunch "supper." It was weird to them that I used the word interchangeably with dinner.
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Old 02-23-2020, 07:11 PM
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Dinner here in California...
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Old 02-23-2020, 08:39 PM
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I meant my children and I were from the North east where we called it supper. Now my son lives in California, so his little.girl also calls it supper.
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Old 02-23-2020, 08:46 PM
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lakey, thanks for explaining, now I get it.
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Old 02-24-2020, 09:12 AM
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We grew up in IL and it was supper. Dinner was a meal on a Sunday late afternoon/evening.
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Old 02-24-2020, 04:30 PM
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In New England it is dinner!
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Old 02-24-2020, 05:43 PM
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I grew up on the east coast, but I live in the south and still say "dinner".
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Old 02-24-2020, 05:48 PM
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Texas here. Always been dinner. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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Old 02-24-2020, 06:03 PM
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I grew up in Michigan, but an Arkansawyer Mom - we called it supper.

I call it dinner now.

Dinner for my Mom's parents was lunch.
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