Saturday 6 November 2010


To be fashionable nowadays we must 'brunch'. Truly an excellent portmanteau word, introduced, by the way, last year by Mr. Guy Beringer, in the now defunct Hunter's Weekly, and indicating a combined breakfast and lunch.

I had always thought this strange, hermaphroditic meal was invented by twentieth century Americans. But that quotation is from the Punch magazine of August 1896. Lunch, by the way, is simply a shortening of luncheon, which comes from none-chenche, or noon drink*.

However, the brunch to which I must now flee, doesn't start till one.

Maybe I shall have a noon drink now.

*Though there is much disagreement and disputation upon this point.


  1. I didn't know it was originally 'bruncheon'. Even better.

  2. So much better than just 'brunch'. I shall work on retraining the family.

  3. You gundy-gut, why should you need to brunch?
    You had your breakfast. Wait until your lunch.