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Just because there are some people on my list that are not on hers,

CALLING ALL CANADIANS! I need help with my Canadian English class!

The question is, 'What do you call an evening meal?' Unless you're over 30 and you tell me, I'm going to drop you into the 'under 30' category of the chart thingy.

And Esther, same to you as to me!

Date: 2008-10-19 12:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I call it dinner and supper interchangeably, but usually dinner.
My mom calls it supper more often than she calls it dinner.
My grandmother almost always calls it supper.

I'm still -- thank God! -- under 30 :P

Date: 2008-10-19 12:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yay! Three at one go! You're amazing! Can I count your grandma as over 70?

Date: 2008-10-19 12:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes! And my mom would prefer you count her as under thirty, but she's actually fifty-one. But don't tell her I told you that!

Date: 2008-10-19 12:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hahah, awesome.

Oh, and I did know you were under 30!

Date: 2008-10-19 12:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Also: we're all from southern Ontario, if it makes a difference. My grandmother's parents are both from London, England.

Date: 2008-10-19 01:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Dinner! :D

Date: 2008-10-19 08:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Canadian English is different enough from American English that it warrants a whole class?


Date: 2008-10-19 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We've actually spent a few classes on forms of 'Is there a Canadian English distinct from British and American English?'

I wouldn't worry too much, though. We're quite easy to understand should you decide to visit :P

Date: 2008-10-19 10:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The answers don't have to be from Canadians! The instructions just say "If possible, ask native English speakers for data." Just a heads up

Date: 2008-10-19 10:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Eh?! Jeepers... well, apparently while I can *speak* English, I can't read it...


Date: 2008-10-21 03:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Supper, usually. Occasionally dinner. But the meaning of "dinner" is changeable where I'm from. "Dinner" is whatever the big meal is, whether at noon or evening. Usually in the country, dinner means lunch, because that's the big meal when you're farming. At my house, our meals are usually called lunch and supper, but at my brother's parents' place, for example, who are full-time farmers, it's dinner and supper. Sometimes at my house, we'll call supper dinner if it's a big meal. Or if we go out to a restaurant, we'll refer to that as going out for dinner.

Last week, though, we had Thanksgiving dinner at 1:00pm. It was called dinner regardless. Later on that day, we had supper.

Er... sorry, was this supposed to be a straightforward question? :)

Date: 2008-10-21 03:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hee, a splendid answer, though! A practical difference in the meanings of 'dinner' and 'supper' is important to note!


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