Musings on the evening meal–dinner or supper?
Just some random thoughts that wandered through my brain while minding the grill on Saturday afternoon….
I hear lots of people talking about dinner, but what has happened to supper? Where I grew up, on the farm, the big meal was in the middle of the day, so you’d have energy to work the rest of the day. Supper was a lighter meal, usually after dark, since you could no longer work outside without artificial light which didn’t happen in the hay field. Well, when you have questions, look it up:
- Supper: Etymology: Middle English soper, super, supper, from Old French soper, super, souper, fromsoper, super, souper to eat the evening meal — more at SUP
1 a : a meal taken at the close of the day; especially : the evening meal when dinner is taken at midday b : a social affairfeaturing a supper; specifically : an evening social (as a box social) especially for raising funds for charitable or other purposes c : a usually light evening meal
- Dinner: Etymology: Middle English diner, from Old French disner, diner, from disner, diner to dine — more at 1DINE
1 : the principal meal of the day eaten about midday or in the evening; also: a formal feast or banquet in honor of some person or event
Well, I do cook dinner for friends, and I do go out to dinner. I even occasionally even cook dinner for myself (and the cat). Mostly, I just eat supper–it’s a comfortable meal to end my day lightly. But supper doesn’t mean a PBJ in front of the TV. It’s likely simple–griddled fish or steak, a one-pot meal, an omelette dressed as a Spanish tortilla, or soup–easy but tasty.
A son goût!
1. “supper.” Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster, 2002. http://unabridged.merriam-webster.com (5 Oct. 2012).
2. “dinner.” Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster, 2002. http://unabridged.merriam-webster.com (5 Oct. 2012).