Results 1 to 9 of 9

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    5
    Post Thanks / Like

    Question what's the diferent between dinner and supper?

    what's the diferent between dinner and supper? please help me.
    when i see the movie <Forrest Gump>, someone tell me supper is formal than dinner, they use supper less except they have a big party. isn't it? what do you think? i want to know. thanks very much .

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    5
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: what's the diferent between dinner and supper?

    what's the difference between dinner and supper? please help me.
    when i see the movie <Forrest Gump>, someone tell me supper is formal than dinner, they use supper less except they have a big party. isn't it? what do you think? i want to know. thanks very much .

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    30
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: what's the diferent between dinner and supper?

    Hi,

    What you guess is correct that 'supper' is usually a big meal while dinner is not.

  4. #4
    Ouisch's Avatar
    Ouisch is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    4,142
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: what's the diferent between dinner and supper?

    In the US, it's a matter of geography. For example, I live in the Midwest, and "dinner" and "supper" are used interchangeably - they mean the same thing: the third and final (and usually the largest) meal of the day. My husband is from the South, and there "dinner" is a meal eaten in the afternoon, and "supper" is the final meal of the day.

    Now to me, "lunch" is the afternoon meal. So I asked my husband "if you have dinner in the afternoon, when do you have lunch?" He explained that in the South, "lunch" was the afternoon meal you had at school, or perhaps described a quick hamburger you grabbed while running errands. "Dinner" was a proper, sit-down afternoon meal.

    I hope I didn't just confuse you further.

  5. #5
    DavyBCN's Avatar
    DavyBCN is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Wales
      • Current Location:
      • Rwanda
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    346
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: what's the diferent between dinner and supper?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    In the US, it's a matter of geography. For example, I live in the Midwest, and "dinner" and "supper" are used interchangeably - they mean the same thing: the third and final (and usually the largest) meal of the day. My husband is from the South, and there "dinner" is a meal eaten in the afternoon, and "supper" is the final meal of the day.
    Now to me, "lunch" is the afternoon meal. So I asked my husband "if you have dinner in the afternoon, when do you have lunch?" He explained that in the South, "lunch" was the afternoon meal you had at school, or perhaps described a quick hamburger you grabbed while running errands. "Dinner" was a proper, sit-down afternoon meal.
    I hope I didn't just confuse you further.
    There are also differences in the UK, partly regional and partly from social class and history. As a Welshman of working class roots I never used lunch until I was much older and living in England. The mid-day meal was always dinner. I think that lunch has now become the most common word throughout the UK. There were two meals later in the day - tea in the late afternoon, which was a light meal, and supper in mid/late evening, which was also a small meal. This was general over the whole of the UK, but changing social trends have almost extinguished these two meals, and now it is the norm just to talk about a snack, something to eat or a meal. Dinner is dying out rapidly as anything other than a formal evening meal, usually for when you eat out in a restaurant or invite friends to your home for a meal, when it is normally substantial and of at least 3 courses.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    671
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: what's the diferent between dinner and supper?

    Quote Originally Posted by DavyBCN View Post
    There are also differences in the UK, partly regional and partly from social class and history. As a Welshman of working class roots I never used lunch until I was much older and living in England. The mid-day meal was always dinner. I think that lunch has now become the most common word throughout the UK. There were two meals later in the day - tea in the late afternoon, which was a light meal, and supper in mid/late evening, which was also a small meal. This was general over the whole of the UK, but changing social trends have almost extinguished these two meals, and now it is the norm just to talk about a snack, something to eat or a meal. Dinner is dying out rapidly as anything other than a formal evening meal, usually for when you eat out in a restaurant or invite friends to your home for a meal, when it is normally substantial and of at least 3 courses.
    Well, I think it's even more unclear than that. I'm from the Midlands of England, and 'dinner' is, and always has been, the evening meal to me. In our region, "What are you having for tea?" and "What are you having for dinner?" are used almost interchangeably for the main evening meal by everyone - and it can be either a light or large meal. On Sunday, you have dinner at midday (which is a main meal), and 'tea' in the evening (which is a light meal). On every other day, you have 'lunch' at midday (which is a snack or light meal). Some people now say 'Sunday lunch' though, or they may have nothing at midday, and have 'Sunday dinner' in the evening.

    My mother is Irish, and their main meal is either 'tea' (large) or 'supper' (light) in the evening, and 'lunch' at midday. They only use 'dinner' for a formal meal.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    150
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: what's the diferent between dinner and supper?

    Quote Originally Posted by ashma View Post
    what's the diferent between dinner and supper? please help me.
    when i see the movie <Forrest Gump>, someone tell me supper is formal than dinner, they use supper less except they have a big party. isn't it? what do you think? i want to know. thanks very much .
    Traditionally, dinner is the main meal of the day.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    5
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: what's the diferent between dinner and supper?

    Thank you very much, I almost can tell the two words' difference through your explaination, thanks again.

Similar Threads

  1. Dinner or supper?
    By shane in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 25-Sep-2009, 02:56

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •