My Mongolian teacher is obsessed with "lunner." He wouldn't let me rest until I promised to write about "lunner" on my blog. And when I told him I intended to get him a gift for all his help, he said the best gift would be that I post something about "lunner" on my blog. Thus, this one's for you, Munkh-Amgalan.
Lunner is, you guessed it, a meal that takes place somewhere between lunch and dinner, a la "brunch." A late lunch. Or an early dinner, if you like. The word, as you can see, takes it's first syllable from lunch and it's second from dinner. Mu bagsh, as Munkh-Amgalan is affectionately known by his graduate students, is a linguist; we've spent a lot of time looking at the units, nature, structure, and modification of the Mongolian language and sometimes even of the English language.
The man loves to create new words, and he's really pushing this one with tenacity. I find it a bit hard to force off my tongue, but a google search produces several instances of the use of "lunner" and it appears in a few eclectic dictionaries, such as the urbandictionary.com and thefreedictionary.com.
The next time you forget to eat lunch and have to head out of the office in the middle of the afternoon, inform your colleagues that you'll be going out to lunner. Do it for Mu bagsh.