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Subject: Re: I agree . . .
Author: Andy   (guest, 217.229.221.195)
Date: October 12, 2004 at 10:40:29 PM
Reply to: I agree . . . by Chrisell
You are right, "Mittag" means "midday" to begin with. But it is also used as a term for lunch. For instance you would say "Mittag essen" (to have lunch; "Mittagessen" written in one word is official for "lunch"), but this is from "zu Mittag essen".

If you take a look at Grimms Wörterbuch, you will find:
"Mittag machen" (literally: "to make midday"; "to have lunch")
"daher 'mittag' auch geradezu für das mittagessen selbst" ("Hence 'mittag' also for lunch itself"). Same in a modern dictionary.

By the way, in the south of Germany and in Switzerland "Mittag" stretches well into the afternoon.

Andy ;—)

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