One of the things that I was confused by quite a few times is the naming and meaning of the meals of the food. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and supper. Which one is which, where, and why.
I remember that I was explained what each one of them means back in high school. It was difficult to map them over the meals that I was familiar with, so I never completely understood how these work out.
Today I finally got into a discussion which resulted with me reading Wikipedia for each one of those meals. Here is how I understand them now:
- Breakfast is the first meal of the day.
- Lunch is the midday meal. This is the one you eat during lunch break – not in the morning and not in the evening. For some people it might actually be the main meal of the day with a light supper to follow in the evening.
- Dinner is the main meal of the day. If you eat three times per day, then your dinner and supper are probably the same thing. If you eat four times per day, then your dinner is probably before supper.
- Supper is the last meal of the day. In essence, you can have a supper after dinner, but you can’t have dinner after supper.
This can of course vary greatly from place to place and culture to culture, but at least I now have something peace of mind – a scheme to fit all those meals into.