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History of lunch/middag?

airelibre
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I was wondering what lunch was in Swedish before "lunch" came along, and I suppose it was middag, being literally "midday", and in German Mittagessen is still used, but in that case, what was dinner when middag was being used for lunch?

3 years ago

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Joel__W
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Some people still call lunch "middag" today, and they mostly call dinner kvällsmat, lit. "evening food". "Kvällsvard" and "kvällsmål" were used historically, "vard" and "mål" being words for meal. Apparently, the shift was because people starting eating the larger meal not in the middle of the day but in the evening, when industrialisation changed the working conditions of many. I still use "kvällsmat" for e.g. tea and sandwiches you have late in the evening, when it's not really a proper dinner. I call dinner middag though.

3 years ago

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airelibre
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Thanks!

3 years ago

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Jag tycker också att det är så himla roligt att eftermiddag är innan middag ;)

3 years ago
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