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Take a plate

August 6, 2012 | Filed under Eating as a social activity

This term has caused many an embarrassing moment for newcomers to New Zealand who literally ‘take a plate’ when asked to when they go out.  It can be  included on invitations to the puzzlement of those not brought up in New Zealand and who don’t realise that is means take a dish of food.  More recently it may have been superseded by ‘pot-luck’ which means the same – take a dish of food appropriate to the time of day.

I don’t know the origin of ‘take a plate’ but it has been defined as:

“New Zealand slang not meaning an actual plate but as in a dish of food. Used in social situations went organizing a dinner party or get together. Bring a plate with food on it, not and empty plate”. This definition is from Urban Dictionary

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