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@OleJack@scholar.social I don’t have research, but 50 years ago my great-grandmother in rural North Carolina served “dinner” as the main meal if the day at noon. “Supper” was the lighter evening meal. My cousin once remarked during a week-long stay with her, “whatever happened to lunch.”
I gather that for farm families the noon meal is the largest to sustain the afternoon’s work in the fields. I infer “dinner” migrated to the evening with customs changing to a big meal after work.
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