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High Tea

07/22/07 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_tea#High_tea

I know that Wikipedia can be dodgy on its information, but goldarnit, it's absolutely correct with this definition:

High Tea (also known as Meat Tea[1]) is an early evening meal, typically eaten between 5 and 6 o'clock in the evening. It would be eaten as a substitute for both afternoon tea and the evening meal. The term comes from the meal being eaten at the ‘high’ (main) table, instead of the smaller lounge table. It is now largely replaced by a later evening meal.

It would usually consist of cold meats, eggs and/or fish, cakes and sandwiches. In a family, it tends to be less formal and is an informal snack (featuring sandwiches, biscuits, pastry, fruit and the like) or else it is the main evening meal.

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In recent years, High Tea somehow became a word for exquisite afternoon tea.

So, you ersatz-Anglophile reprobates in Victoria, B.C., please don't do this in the future. If Wikipedia's got it right, there're no excuses.

 

2 comments

Comment from: Antigone [Visitor]  
Antigone

Um, why are you getting upset about the misuse of the phrase “high tea” when there are so many more annoying things out there? (After all, this is how the English language changes; I fully expect the word “good” to completely replace the adverb “well” in my lifetime.)

And “goldamit"?

07/22/07 @ 19:39
Comment from: Adam [Member]  
Adam

Everyone needs a hobby, whether it’s complaining about misplaced apostrophes, misuse of “lay” and “lie” or even the frequent and inappropriate juxtaposition of “less” and “fewer". It’s pretty harmless as these things go.

As for “goldarnit", I think the blog still has a PG rating and despite the total lack of readers under the age of 30, I’d quite like to keep it that way.

07/22/07 @ 20:07
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