Saturday, March 15, 2014

The First Brunch!

According to the Oxford English Dictionary more words were added to the English language than at any other time in our language's history. One of my favourite words to hear on a weekend is "brunch," which first appeared in print on 1 August 1896 - thanks to Punch or the London Charivari.
An excellent portmanteau word..indicating a combined breakfast and lunch. At Oxford, however, two years ago, an important distinction was drawn. The combination-meal, when nearer the usual breakfast hour, is ‘brunch’, and when nearer luncheon, is ‘blunch’.
Thank goodness "blunch" never caught on. Punch is every Victorianist researcher's best friend, now I love them even more!

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