Luncheon

WTF is the difference between a lunch and a luncheon? Is the distinction meaningful?

Google defines luncheon as “a midday meal” and lunch as… “a midday meal”.

So let’s try dictionary.com.

Luncheon: A lunch, especially a formal one. An afternoon party at which a light meal is served.

Lunch: A meal eaten at midday. The food provided for a midday meal.

Is this really a meaningful distinction? I have noticed that women tend to use the word luncheon, while men tend to prefer to use lunch instead. One might assert that the reason for this is that the women percieve the social event as the important thing, while men see the meal as the defining element.

Furthermore, why the hell is luncheon pronounced the way it is? Shouldn’t it be pronounced “ee-on” like tachyon? Then, you could refer to your crumbs and leftovers as “luncheon particles”… Wouldn’t life be better with luncheon particles?

Anyway.

 

5 Responses to “Luncheon”

  Matt Says:

is this what “ever delightful….”is defined as?

lunch vs. luncheon….I see the distinction. A lunch meeting, for instance, I belong to Lions club-that is a Luncheon. When I gorge myself at McDonalds, that is lunch.

Maybe?

 
  Jay Solo Says:

I’m with Matt. Luncheon implies a social event and might tend to indicate a larger than ordinary group of people. Some people might tend to use dinner instead of supper with the same kind of higher falutin connotations; or at least larger and more social.

 
  sama Says:

Glad to see I struk a nerve with this one.

 
  manicman Says:

Well, I hear people say lunshen all the time, but when I use the word, I definitely pronounce it luncheon, as in a luncheon particle.

That said, I only use the word when I am trying to sound fancy; for instance: when inviting someone, or if I want to impress an acquaintance by saying that that I enjoyed luncheon with the Queen or whomever.

Luncheon is definitely an event and, even if for no other reason than simply having chosen to use that label, it carries a certain degree of pomp and circumstance.

Among women, I’d say I generally only hear older women use the term. But whatever the age, luncheon for them means being fashionable, and knowledgeable in a conversational and non-argumentative way of any current events and gossip.

Among men? True, I don’t hear it as much, and again, it is generally only amongst older men. Probably that is because most men don’t actually attend luncheons, being too busy earning money so their socialite wives can be fashionable and attend luncheons.

I also have seen the word used a lot by organizations when publicizing an event or inviting people to one. It’s a great way to dress up a charity lunch and make it seems like it’s worth the extra $100 / plate.

 
  sama Says:

“True, I don’t hear it as much, and again, it is generally only amongst older men. Probably that is because most men don’t actually attend luncheons, being too busy earning money so their socialite wives can be fashionable and attend luncheons.”

Wow, you’ll have feminists hunting you down for sure for that comment.

 
 

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