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    ham tea?

    Hello, teachers.
    Would you tell me what ham tea is? I was reading a war time story and came across this word. (After the service we went back to my mother and father's and had a ham tea and a tin of peaches.) I checked several dictionaries but could not find the word. Is it just an afternoon tea at which ham is served?


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    #2

    Re: ham tea?

    It's a cultural thing. It means that there was cold ham (and sometime other cold meats) served at the early evening meal.


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    #3

    Re: ham tea?

    Quote Originally Posted by imchongjun View Post
    Hello, teachers.
    Would you tell me what ham tea is? I was reading a war time story and came across this word. (After the service we went back to my mother and father's and had a ham tea and a tin of peaches.) I checked several dictionaries but could not find the word. Is it just an afternoon tea at which ham is served?
    I would say so. Ham tea has no meaning in American English. In British English tea means a light meal served in the afternoon. Your guess sounds reasonable to me.

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    #4

    Re: ham tea?

    Thank you, Anglika and Naamplao!! This site is very helpful.


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    #5

    Re: ham tea?

    This phrase is very particular to certain parts of the UK.
    Though most Britains will recognise what it is, it will only be used as a phrase in some parts of Britain, namely the North of England.

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