Macmillan Dictionary gives two definitions of drunch which derive from the combination of two different sets of words:
1 - a meal that combines lunch and dinner.
- Let's eat early and have drunch this afternoon.
2 - a drink plus lunch.
- In Barcelona there are some places offering an all you can eat drunch buffet including a drink such as bloody mary, cava or gin tonic.
while the following source appears to support the idea that drunch is more a combination of drinking and having lunch rather than a meal that combines lunch and dinner together, along the lines of the more established term brunch:
Drunch is a blend of the words “drinking” and “lunch. ” It is primarily used as a noun in place of the word “lunch.” An example is “Let’s get drunch.” It means to get drinks at lunch. However, the meaning has shifted over time. Drunch can now mean: to consume excessive quantities of alcohol at lunch, or to get drunk at lunch. An example of this usage would be: “We got so drunch, yesterday.” This definition often leads to a folk etymology, where people see the word as a blend of “drunk” and “lunch.”
Given that the two definitions are quite different and inviting someone to drunch may sound as inviting them to a round of drinks, I’d like to know:
Is there an established usage of drunch in one the two senses explained above or should it be used carefully to avoid possible unpleasant misunderstandings?
when and by whom was the term coined? Was it from one of the realities such as Masterchef, for instance?