Friday, May 11, 2012
What is dinner, supper, drink and tea?
I got confused, when I was new to England when these incidents happened.
At about 10 AM, my consultant asked me, 'do you want to have a drink?'. I was shocked, but told, 'no, thanks'. When he got up with his empty mug, I realized, he meant 'tea or coffee?'.
I was staying as a paying guest. It was about 5 PM when my landlady told me, 'Keshav, I will have my tea, will you join?'. I was having my tea with mug still in my hand; I thought this old lady was getting blind, so I told, 'no, thanks', and continued to sip my tea. She went to kitchen and came with a plate full of food. She was having her meal! I asked her, 'is it your dinner?'. She smiled and told, 'no, it is my tea, but you can call it supper'. It took time for me to undertsand these 'English' terms. 'Tea' is 'supper'; 'dinner' is a 'grand supper'.
I am still unlearning my Indian English, and learning 'English' English. ;)