brunch http://kmuw.org en OnWords: The Tragic Loss Of Supper http://kmuw.org/post/onwords-tragic-loss-supper <p></p><p>Sometime in my lifetime, we almost completely stopped using the word “supper.”</p><p>This is a tragic loss, if for no other reason than it has led to confusion.</p><p>Besides “brunch” and “lunch,” the only other post-breakfast word we have is “dinner,” and dinner can alternatively mean a noon meal or an evening meal. Importantly, dinner has a generic root that is still extant: to “dine.”</p><p>So while we can “sup,” that would be archaic, and it could create confusion with the common slang contraction for the phrase “what’s up?”</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Lael Ewy 23891 at http://kmuw.org OnWords: The Tragic Loss Of Supper