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24 January 2009 @ 05:14 pm
Choice of words: eating  
I cannot decide which word I prefer for referring to the "evening meal," or rather "the final meal eaten during the active waking period of the wake/sleep cycle." I have at this moment two choices in mind:

1) dinner
2) supper

Each has its own advantages, in my mind. Both are equally effective referents as both invoke the ritual of eating with others, "to dine" and, "to sup." I find that I like the sound of "taking sup" over "dining," perhaps because it appeals to my ego to use slightly archaic words and usages. On the other hand, I am unaware of the existence of the descriptive "supper plate."

There are disadvantages to each, as well. "Dinner" carries a connotation of a more formal process or a higher-quality meal, while "supper" is taken as a simple, "common" meal. I would also admit when considering the homophones to preferring to deal with a noisy din as opposed to something that could be described as "suppurating."

The debate rages on, a tempest around tea time.
silver splits the blue: RedLipsashbet on January 25th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
Hmmmm. Well, I'm a "dinner" person, "supper" sounds rather odd to me -- I associate it with a farming meal in the late afternoon rather than the modern Western evening-hour post-work repast.

I enjoy seeing your thought process on this!

-- A ^_^
aremmert on January 25th, 2009 06:20 am (UTC)
Actually, in many parts of the country, "dinner" refers to lunch while "supper" actually refers to the evening meal. Just thought I'd mention it.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on January 25th, 2009 06:25 am (UTC)
True, and that's reversed in places, as well. Here, they're roughly synonymous.
Ace Lightning: eats 01acelightning on January 25th, 2009 06:22 am (UTC)
to me,also, "dinner" is a more formal meal - Thanksgiving dinner, a dinner date, a $1000-per-plate fundraising dinner. (we won't get into the old-fashioned usage, where "dinner" was served closer to lunchtime, a custom still preserved in some families by having holiday dinners in mid-afternoon.) "supper" is more informal - one eats supper at home, sometimes very late in the evening.

or one could emulate the eating habits of hobbits: breakfast, elevenses, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, supper, and bedtime snack.

L Alouisadkins on January 25th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
I tend to think of supper as being around 4:30-6:00, and dinner being 6:30-7:30, ish.

I also tend to associate dinner as formal, and supper as more country.
Merlinmerlin_t_wizard on January 25th, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
Well, in the Midwest, it's Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner. For Supper, I've normally heard it said as: Breakfast - Dinner - Supper. I'd think it'd sound strange to say Breakfast - Lunch - Supper. So, which you call the evening meal may depend on what you call your noon meal. So, what *do* you call your noon meal?
craigers01 on January 28th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
In my home, we go out to dinner but make supper at home.