I’m suspending my creating writing postings for a couple of weeks, except maybe for one more Paper Midnight draft. During that time I’ll still be writing, but working on something that isn’t public domain.
(Well, technically none of my writing is public domain. It’s protected by copyright as soon as I write it, unless I say otherwise.)
Here are a couple of articles to keep your interest.
And I know you’ve all been wondering about these definitions:
Dinner: The main meal of the day. It turns out that, originally, dinner meant breakfast.
Breakfast: The first meal of the day. Doesn’t have to be in the morning.
Lunch: The midday meal.
Supper: A light evening meal, generally following a midday dinner. But if you’re Jewish, it is apparently the principle meal, usually served in the evening. This may be why dinner and supper are commonly used synonymously.
So, here are a few non-standard usages:
- Breakfast and dinner (or lunch or supper) at the same time.
- Dinner at the same time as any meal except supper.
One of my favorite exchanges from Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Jonathon Harker has just met Count Dracula.
I found supper already laid out. My host, who stood on one side of the great fireplace, leaning against the stonework, made a graceful wave of his hand to the table, and said,
“I pray you, be seated and sup how you please. You will I trust, excuse me that I do not join you, but I have dined already, and I do not sup.”
I really think people should use “sup” as a verb more often.