Do you call your midday meal lunch or dinner?

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We all know how confusing the English language is, and coupled with regional variations it is quite surprising that we manage to communicate so effectively.  Or do we?

When my mother-in-law invited me round for dinner I was slightly confused as to whether she meant dinner at lunchtime, or dinner in the evening.  And then there’s the evening meal, which can be tea, supper or dinner!

The ladies who serve meals at lunchtime in schools have always been called ‘dinner ladies’ as opposed to ‘lunch ladies’, however if you took your own to school in a container it was called a ‘lunch box’.

So is it a matter of personal choice? Or is there a right and a wrong?

Do you call your midday meal lunch or dinner?

621 people have already voted, what's your opinion? Lunch Dinner

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15th Aug 2015
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The more common you are the more likely it will be that lunch will be called dinner and dinner will be tea. And when eating out, at any time, you will say, 'we went for a meal.'
31st Jul 2015
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When dining out it's 'I'm going out for lunch' or 'we're going out to dinner'. C'est Ca
20th Jul 2015
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Breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea, dinner, supper and midnight feast. In that order. Then slimmers anonymous...
Patricia Imelda
17th Jul 2015
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As a child we always had dinner and tea but now I have lunch and tea.
14th Jul 2015
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It's always been lunch in our house!
14th Jul 2015
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Dinner is the evening meal.
4th Jul 2015
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I was taught by my Grandmother that the order of meals is:
Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Tea, Dinner and Supper.
3rd Jul 2015
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When I was young we had our 'dinner' in the middle of the day and our evening meal was called 'tea'. Dinner was our main meal of the day, my Dad cycled home from his work and we had our meat and two veg. Tea would be something light like soup, cooked meats and salads, eggs/cheese on toast etc.
As people's work patterns changed, and more women went out to work, that's when a lot ofpeople started having their main meal at night. The evening meal then became 'dinner', although some people still call it 'tea', and the midday meal became lunch.
4th Jul 2015
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I agree with you. We always said dinner (midday) and tea for our main meal after school. When i was working it was a working lunch and an evening meal. Things change and we have to accept that or be left behind
3rd Jul 2015
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If we have roast dinner around 1pm on a Sunday the grandchildren say "Are we having dinner at lunchtime today?" So now it seems to depend on what type of meal it is. Cooked gravy type meal or something light like eggs on toast.
Plus I have noticed pizza doesn't seem to come into any category, it is just Pizza as far as the little ones are concerned!
3rd Jul 2015
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When I'm a 'lady who lunches' it's always in the middle of the day, not in the evening!
30th Jun 2015
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Lunch is lunch...what else could it be. If I said to a friend lets have dinner tomorrow and then turned up at lunchtime there would be nobody else there???? Dinner time is in the evening...always has been as far as I know!
27th Jun 2015
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I was always told Breakfast is just That It`s a "break from fasting" (after sleep)
Dinner is always midday
Tea Time .. usually 4 ..5 pm
Supper 9 pm. then Bed by 10.30 pm....
"Told me by my Mother" when I was young

Early to bed ..early to rise.. Makes you "Healthy Wealthy, and Wise"
Told to me by "Big Eggo" Beano Comic... all these in approx... 1940s
25th Jun 2015
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Dinner. i always have done. My mum and dad in their late 80s and they still call it dinner and always have done so we as kids always call it dinner as well and then early evening we call tea. My kids in their 20s think its crazy which it is as they always say Dad-lunch is at lunch time in the middle of the day and dinner is at dinner time in the evening and not at lunchtime?

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