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Brown Bag Lunch

Posted by TheFallen on February 04, 2003

In Reply to: Brown Bag Lunch posted by Bob on February 04, 2003

: : : : : What's the meaning of "Brown Bag Lunch"

: : : : I'm pretty sure it's a business meeting where every one brings his or her own lunch in a paper bag, as opposed to a meeeting where the company provides the meal.

: : : Yes, that's what it means.

: : I'd stretch it a little wider. If you bring in lunch (in the requisite brown bag) to eat at your desk (versus going out to a fast-food eating trough) that's a brown-bag lunch, too. ("We're going for pizza. Coming?" "No, I'm brown-bagging it today..")

: Upon further reflection, the real distinction is that the lunch is made at home. If you were to go out to a sandwich shop and bring back food to eat while working, that would Not be a BBL, even if it came in a brown bag.

I'm glad this all got clarified. To (brown) bag in the UK might well be taken to refer to what responsible dog owners do. In any event, in my experience there seems to be a far greater usage of the brown paper bag generally in the US, whether in food stores for packing bought goods, or whether as the traditional carrying means for a home-made sandwich or any take-out snack - you just don't see that over here in the UK unless you've been to McDonalds, and no, I don't know why.