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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Breakfast is Dinner?

Did you know that the word “dinner” used to mean “breakfast”.

The English word “dinner” comes from a French word “disnar”, which means “breakfast.”  Traditionally, dinner (meaning ‘breakfast’) was the first meal of the day, eaten around noon.  It also happened to be the biggest meal of the day, with a lighter meal coming later known as supper.  Eventually, more meals started being added to the day with people eating meals before large noon meal of dinner.  Rather than calling these earlier meals that broke the fast by the word that means breakfast (dinner), the name “dinner” now stuck as meaning the largest meal of the day.  As time has passed, in most cultures that use these words to describe their meals, the largest meal of the day gradually got moved later and later in the day until its meal time was around the time we used to have supper (which used to be a light meal). 


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