Over on the Macmillan Dictionary Blog today, my colleague Laine is dicussing “tea”.
My colleagues from Cumbria and Cheshire go off in the evening to ‘eat their tea’(!?). Maybe this doesn’t sound weird to you but for me – I should point out that I am South African – it is hilarious. Apparently my going to ‘have my dinner’ is posh. Pah!
While on the subject of tea, is it totally South African to let your tea draw? Brits seem to brew their tea and the Canadian downstairs steeps his. And when I say that I will make tea just now I mean, later/ in a little bit. But for those around me, just now means NOW and where is it?
We brew the tea in our family, though I have close friends who mash theirs, and if it’s brewed too long it becomes stewed. On a Saturday we might take tea, usually between 4 and 5pm, with a biscuit, toasted teacake, maybe a crumpet… and lashings of melty Lurpack! On an evening we eat dinner after 7, except, perhaps, Christmas when, having eaten more than we can manage at around 3pm, we skip straight to supper sometime between 9 and 10. Supper might be cold meat sandwiches, cheese with pickles, crisps, and mince pies, or might just be the serving of Christmas pudding we couldn’t eat after our lunch…
It had never occured to me before now the extent to which what I’m eating links to what time of day it is!
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