Posted by Alex Forbes on September 18, 2017 at 12:26:51 user Pitsligo.
In Reply to: Re: Class and language in the books posted by Peter Hyland on September 18, 2017 at 01:54:45:
I don't know if this is relevant to the situation in the books, but where I grew up --Maine and Massachusetts, so very much New England-- "dinner" was the biggest meal of the day, whenever it was held. If it was held at midday, the subsequent lighter meal in the evening would be "supper". If dinner was held at the end of the day, the preceeding, lighter midday meal would be "lunch".
Overhearing a conversation with a colleague who was himself from Texas, and of a similar age as me, this distinction was also the case there --much to the bemusement of the (much younger) student with which he was conversing.
Sadly, while I grew up drinking tea throughout the day, we never had "tea" as a meal. I always envied the S&A characters that cultural advantage.
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