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Re: Tea Time
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1344  Monday, 4 June 2001

[1]     From:   Robin Hamilton <
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        Date:   Sunday, 3 Jun 2001 16:11:01 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1341 Re: Tea Time

[2]     From:   Kevin De Ornellas <
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        Date:   Sunday, 03 Jun 2001 15:49:37 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1341 Re: Tea Time

[3]     From:   Sam Small <
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        Date:   Monday, 04 Jun 2001 16:24:17 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1341 Re: Tea Time


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From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Sunday, 3 Jun 2001 16:11:01 +0100
Subject: 12.1341 Re: Tea Time
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1341 Re: Tea Time

> A little Antipodean aside:

>whilst 'dinner' in the country is what most city people would call
> 'lunch'.

I wonder if there's a Scottish connection with "dinner" for the midday
meal?  One run of Scottish mealtimes would go (in sequence):  breakfast
dinner tea supper.

Robin Hamilton

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From:           Kevin De Ornellas <
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Date:           Sunday, 03 Jun 2001 15:49:37 -0000
Subject: 12.1341 Re: Tea Time
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1341 Re: Tea Time

In Ireland, 'Tea time' is a vague term that refers to any period between
about 5 and 9 p.m.

Kevin De Ornellas
Queen's University, Belfast

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From:           Sam Small <
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Date:           Monday, 04 Jun 2001 16:24:17 +0100
Subject: 12.1341 Re: Tea Time
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1341 Re: Tea Time

Yes, to continue the little aside.  Breakfast seems to be intact in
meaning whilst "elevenses" - a kind of tea/coffee break plus naughty
biscuit at 11am is also safe.  The other meals seem to fare less well.
Perhaps "dinner" refers to the largest main meal of the day whether
taken at noon or 8 pm.  "Tea" or "high tea" is certainly always around 4
to 5pm.  Lunch is a sort of filler or quick meal.  Workmen have lunch
boxes (or pails) to have in the middle of the day.  This is usually
sandwiches or "pasties" eaten on-site.  Sophie neglected to mention the
other strange term "supper".  This seems to be another light meal, like
lunch, but taken in the evening, sometimes much later.  I was recently
invited to "supper" and although the meal was a substantial as a dinner,
the surroundings were informal and the duration rather quick.  Isn't the
English language marvellous?

SAM SMALL

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