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Old 11-29-2009, 11:06 PM
 
Location: Spain
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The only people I know who say supper are my relatives in Ohio. My relatives in nearby Kentucky and every other American I've talked to says dinner.
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Old 11-29-2009, 11:11 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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I'm from New England (MA & NH), and I've always used "supper" as the standard word for the evening meal.

However, I do use "dinner" in certain circumstances. For example, if I'm eating an evening meal at a restaurant, it's always dinner, never supper. If I have a big meal with many guests (e.g. Thanksgiving), it's dinner.

Unlike in some parts of the country, I never hear or use "dinner" to refer to lunch, but I will talk about "Sunday dinner" -- which is a meal usually eaten in the late afternoon (3 or 4).
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Old 11-30-2009, 12:14 AM
 
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Dinner
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Old 11-30-2009, 01:10 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Both/Either, no real preference. Although if it's a more formal meal probably "dinner" rather than "supper."
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Old 11-30-2009, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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dinner

i always sensed that people who called it "supper" also called their dads "pa"
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Old 11-30-2009, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, Louisiana
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I've always called the evening meal "supper" and I call the meal in the middle of the day "lunch." However, there are some people in my area who call the evening meal "dinner" and some who call the midday meal "dinner" (like my grandparents).

I'm from central Louisiana.
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Old 11-30-2009, 09:18 AM
 
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Growing up in Boston, we called it supper. I'm not sure if its a Boston thing or if its just something my family said. All I know is, you never brought your supper into the parlor.... Unless you wanted mom to mom to beat you
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Old 11-30-2009, 09:52 AM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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I say dinner. I just picture some old blue blood type from Savannah somewhere saying "Gentlemen, gentlemen, and ladies...befah suppah, I'd like to offah up a grand toast to all in attendance." Of course dude would have the bow tie and monocle on while addressing the group.

I think you and WestbankNOLA are the only ones who think supper sounds formal. I think dinner is more of the average term though.
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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To me dinner just sounds right. Both of my grandmothers say supper but none of my aunts or uncles use it and my mom always said dinner. I usually ask "Is dinner ready yet?" and the reply will be "Dinner'll be ready in 30 minutes." (dinner'll is dinner will, ran together).
I pick dinner; however, neither word is really common in my house.

I'm going to remix what you said; this is how it usually goes in my house "Is the food ready yet?" and the reply will be "Nah the food ain't ready!".
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:38 AM
 
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I am not a fan of the term "supper". It is actually a word pet peeve of mine. Just bugs my craw for some reason.
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