Friday, May 27, 2005

Another interesting usage of a word is "tea". It is used in a couple of contexts. The first is "going to have tea", which means that you are going to a tea house or a cafe. The second is "having tea" or "what would you like for tea?", which means in American English, "What would you like for dinner?" Somehow, "tea" went from having a pot of tea in the mid-afternoon to having some substantial food at about 5 or 6 pm. So, if someone asks you, "what are you having for tea?", they mean "what are you having for dinner?" and if someone asks, "would you like to go to tea?", they mean, "would you like to go to a cafe and have tea or coffee?".

posted by Chris  #4:26 PM | 0 comments |