Lunch, dinner… Dinner, tea… It’s the age old regional debate that never seems to die, and now, an ‘expert’ claims to have settled it once and for all.
Now before we get into it, us Yorkshiremen know only Southerners think it’s lunch and dinner – and now we’ve cleared that up we can all breathe calmly knowing we’re all on the same page.
Anyway, there’s this expert guy called William Hanson who calls himself an ‘etiquette’ expert (already sounds proper Southern), and he says that the midday meal is lunch, or luncheon. Yeah we know, there’s absolutely no one on this planet who’s gonna say “is anyone off for luncheon?”.
“The correct order of meals is breakfast, lunch or luncheon as it is technically called, and then dinner.” – Hanson says.
He even goes as far as to say tea is actually a small meal between ‘luncheon’ and ‘dinner’, which is usually more of an afternoon tea set up with things like scones and finger sandwiches. Me and my McCoy’s crisps will be just fine snacking, thank you.
He also added that anything after dinner is called ‘supper’, saying “Then came supper historically and that was a light snack before you went to bed, maybe after the opera or theatre.”
I suppose my daily binge sesh of tea and biscuits in front of Emmerdale counts as supper then… Thanks Will.