I’ve always been bothered about the phrase ‘three square meals.’ How does this even make sense? The square shape has four sides, so it just seems people pop these terms out of thin air and make it stick. Heck, why isn’t it called three triangle meals? Doesn’t that make more sense?
If you’re like me, entrusted with the burden of maintaining balance in the world, it’s time to take a chill pill – on this one, at least. The dictionary defines a square meal as a ‘substantial, satisfying and balanced meal.’
If like me – again, you’re still not satisfied with the almighty dictionary definition, this theory about the origin of the phrase should put your mind at ease.
According to an International News Lens article I dug up, ‘The origin of the phrase may come from the Royal Navy where meals were served on wooden square plates. In the past, hotels were also known to serve meals on square wood platters. There aren’t full evidence to support the above and some even mentioned that the origin of the phrase was formed when a person heard the phrase and created a plausible story to back it up.’
Have you been lowkey stressed out about the correctness of the three square meal phrase? Are you satisfied with this explanation? Do you have theories or questions of your own?
Drop a comment, and let me know what you think.