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Clearly you have been watching too many episodes of Downton Abbey. Anyway, afternoon tea is a posh (aristocratic/top 0.1% of the population) snack (as we non-aristocrats would call it) between lunch and dinner that was accompanied by a cup of tea. We regular British people drink tea and eat snacks whenever we feel like it - 8am, 9pm, 2am. In my house while I was growing up, we would have a big dinner at lunch time (weekends mainly) and then tea later. This would consist of a sandwich and a piece of cake or a biscuit that we ate in front of the telly. We were too full from the enormous dinner (called lunch in the U.S.) that all we could manage was small meal. Even now the meal after work/school is called tea whether you drink tea with it or not, and whether it consists of sandwiches or is a main meal.

很明显你是看《唐顿庄园》看多了,但不管怎样下午茶是午餐和晚餐之间搭配茶一起吃的流行(占总人口0.1%的上流社会的贵族)小吃(我们这些平民的叫法)。我们普通英国人随时都可以喝茶吃点心——8am, 9pm, 2am。在我家里,从我小时候开始,午餐时间会吃一顿很丰盛的正餐(主要在周末),然后喝茶。喝茶时还会看着电视吃三明治、蛋糕或饼干。正餐(美国称之为“午餐”)太丰盛,我们都吃得太撑,所以之后只能少吃点东西。甚至现在放学或下班之后吃的饭都叫“茶点”,无论喝不喝茶,也不管是吃三明治还是吃正餐。

However, if we visit someone in the afternoon (obviously a planned in advance visit), they will make some scones, cake, sandwiches and other delicious stuff to be served and I suppose that is technically ''afternoon tea''. If they were inviting you for dinner, they would say so. If they say nothing, you will absolutely be offered tea and scones/sandwiches/biscuits (cookies in the US) or anything else they have.


I grew up in the North of England, so it may be different elsewhere, but that is my experience.


I would like to put forward the case that “Yes, we do!”


Times have changed, tastes have changed but afternoon tea still exists.


Children come home from school at 4pm. Mum/Dad will make them a drink and something to eat. Maybe a sandwich, maybe some cake, maybe a cup of tea… Mum/Dad will probably join in. What do you call this..? Afternoon tea!


I go shopping with friends/family to the town centre. We’ve looked in all the shops and now we need to sit down and think about which shops to return to for those final purchases. Look at that, it’s almost 4pm… It may be that we sit down for a capuccino and a couple of macarons but I can only think of one way to describe this… Afternoon tea.


We’re in the office. Boring! We’ve more or less finished for the day but the clock says no (it’s 4pm). Someone puts the kettle on and we sit down for a chat about the next few days. Ooh someone found a box of cupcakes… Wow! We’ve just had… afternoon tea!


We may not be using flowery teacups. We’re not dressed like characters from Downton Abbey either. We may not sit there for two hours.


But do we still stop at 4pm for a drink and something to eat??? YES!



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