Today I went to brunch – or was it lunch – with some of my cousins and aunts. My extended family is really extended! We just make it easy and call each other cousins, aunts and uncles. My cousin Lori, (my dad’s, brother’s wife’s, cousin’s, daughter…did you follow that….) was visiting from California and we found some time to meet up. It had been awhile since we had seen her and it was great to catch up. Unfortunately, the stomach bug has hit part of our family so my sister Kathi and cousin Lisa had to back out last minute.
While we ate we had a lighthearted conversation on the names of meals. Dinner vs supper? Is there a difference? The “older aunts” called it supper, while we 40-somethings called it dinner. Of course I had to google it when I got home because Lori and I were stumped at Aunt Libby’s definition.
This is what I found on dictionary.com:
Supper is a light evening meal – served in early evening if dinner is at midday or served late in the evening after an early-evening dinner. Either way, it is regarded as the last meal of the day. Dinner is the main meal of the day, served either in the evening or at midday. However, in certain regions of the US (New England in particular), the words are used interchangeably for the main evening meal. Supper is the older word, dating to c. 1275, and is the less formal term. Dinner dates to 1297 and signifies the chief meal of the day, no matter what time it is served, and is a formally arranged meal, sometimes given to celebrate something or in honor of someone. Both terms derived from similarly spelled French words.
I am as confused with this definition as I was with Aunt Libby’s!! So of course, curiosity got the best of me. Was this lunch we were eating today? Or brunch?
Dictionary.com defined lunch as
1. a light midday meal between breakfast and dinner;2. any light meal or snack.
and brunch as:
a meal that serves as both breakfast and lunch
I guess it was brunch, since I ate a delicious tuna burger as my meal but we shared a plate of Poached Pear Vanilla Bean French Toast with caramel sauce on challah bread for dessert! Not only was it a mix of breakfast and lunch food but FAR from a light meal. It sure was yummy though!
Regardless, whatever the name of the meals are, I will continue to eat them when I am hungry no matter what time it is!