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    buffet / smorgasbord

    Hi everyone!

    I would be very grateful if you could clarify which word is more common in American / British English: buffet or smorgasbord? By that I mean not the place where it is served, but a meal itself after a certain event (let’s say, a meeting). So, suppose, we have a meeting and during a lunch break people are served themselves different types of food. Is it better to call it a buffet or a smorgasbord? Or they are equally used?

    And if it is possible, could you please provide a context of how it can be used? For example, can I say: “Buffet/smorgasbord is served here”, or “They are offering a smorgasbord”, or “You can try any food you want, it’s a buffet/smorgasbord”?

    Many thanks in advance!

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    #2

    Re: buffet / smorgasbord

    'Buffet' is - and always was - more commonly used. [link]

    'Smorgasbord' is rarely used these days. I would only expect to see it when the buffet dishes follow a Scandinavian theme or the providers want to give the impression that up-market fare is going to be served.

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    #3

    Re: buffet / smorgasbord

    Thank you very much! Can I say then "Buffet is served here"?

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    #4

    Re: buffet / smorgasbord

    "Buffet here" is more likely. "... is served here" is more likely to be preceded by the name of a specific food or drink.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: buffet / smorgasbord

    In American English buffet can mean both the selection of foods on offer and the place where they are served. The word smorgasbord had a vogue in the sixties and has since largely fallen out of use.
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    #6

    Re: buffet / smorgasbord

    There's a long-standing eatery in a nearby town which labels itself a smorgasbord (as well as a serva-teria). You can judge by the sign that it was so named many years ago.

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    They also used to (haven't eaten there in many years) have a great selection of homemade pie.
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