Yeah, confusing isn't it. It really is a regional thing
Meals at set times in the day
Breakfast = first meal on waking
Lunch = always taken sometime in the middle(ish) of the day
Supper = usually mid evening or before bed
Tea = (apart from the drink ) early/later evening.
All the above are meals that are pretty much static. If you decided to have a breakfast type meal before bed, you would probably still call is supper.
Dinner/Tea. These are the confusing ones. Dinner is the main meal of the day. Could be taken at lunchtime or evening after work but it's still usually the main meal.
Tea. For me, tea is when you have buffet type foods..ie cakes, sandwiches etc, but for my husband, it's the evening meal whether it's sandwiches and cakes, or a full on hot meal. Go figure.
What you have here is a whole complicated combination of cultural and age differences - quite a minefield!!
I grew up in the south east, but my dad was from the north east. My mum was from London. When I was a child (in the 50s), the midday meal was dinner and the evening meal was tea. It didn't matter what the meals consisted of.
I can't remember when we started to use the words lunch and dinner instead, probably some time in the 60s.
So some older people, wherever they are from, will be using dinner/tea.
That's the age difference - then there is the question of where in the UK you live. I think it might be a north/south divide thing, but where the dividing line is I have no idea!
But then - I think most people, wherever they are in the country, still refer to "school dinners".
Afternoon tea is the tea, sandwiches, cakes type of thing (tea at the Ritz!!).
for me dinner is midday, lunch and dinner is the same thing to me. midday, food is food. Usually a main meal for me lol.. i dont do these 'light lunches' some of you speak of lol!
and tea is my evening meal.. i can see how thats confusing, especially if people are having supper also, i wasn't bought up with 'supper' .. i just had a munch of cereal before bed if i wanted as a child.
dinner/lunch = midday
tea= evening meal
deffinatly a combo of age and culteral differences! lol xxxx
I was born and bred in the West Midlands - The Black Country to be exact, and dinner was lunch, tea was dinner......
But since I moved to Norfolk 6 years ago where they are a bit posher than me, it's lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.....
It's so funny when we are in the supermarket sometimes and I ask my DH what shall we have for tea and some snooty Norfolk 'Country Tweeds and Brogues' type woman looks down her nose at us as if her 'gast has never been flabbered' before....after all we do live quite close to Sandringham and Holt where the Royals live and shop, LOL......
Snap - don't think I have ever called tea dinner, seems to be always called tea down here in 'sunny' cornwall. I remember in the village where I used to live as a child if you referred to tea as dinner you were considered really posh.