supper or dinner?

dinner platesWhat’s that meal we eat on weeknight evenings? I say “dinner.” It’s what I said when I was growing up. “Mom, what’s for dinner?” But somewhere in the back of my mind I think I knew it was really supper. Maybe my dad used the term; I’m not sure. On Sunday in the mid-afternoon we had dinner. My mother made a roast, we had sides, and my Grandma Christie often joined us.

The folks at Wide Open Eats published an interesting essay on the subject. They point out that from an etymological standpoint dinner is the main meal of the day, whatever time it is served, while supper is by definition the evening meal.

No doubt you have your own perspective on this critical issue.


One Comment on “supper or dinner?”

  1. Tahoe Mom says:

    I use them interchangeably for the evening meal. And, yes, I use dinner for the main meal of the day whenever it occurs and supper only for the evening meal.


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