The determination is in and, despite the objections of many – and the vow of at least one social media poster to switch up dictionaries and go to a competitor version for his wordsmithing needs – the popular Merriam-Webster has ruled: a hot dog is indeed a sandwich.
“Have a great #MemorialDayWeekend,” Merriam-Webster tweeted. “The hot dog is a sandwich.”
The dictionary giant made the statement in a post on its website that was titled, “To Chew On: 10 Kinds of Sandwiches. Yes, the hot dog is one of them.”
And its reasons?
First, it defined sandwich as “two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between,” or as “one slice of bread covered with food.”
And then it speaks to hot dogs specifically, writing “when it’s served in the roll, it’s also a sandwich.”
The post states: “We know: the idea that a hot dog is a sandwich is heresy to some of you. But given that … the definition of sandwich … there is no sensible way around it. If you want a meatball sandwich on a split roll to be a kind of sandwich, then you have to accept that a hot dog is also a kind of sandwich.”
And Merriam-Webster word wonks put a lot of thought into it.
“You could hinge your anti-hot-dog-as-sandwich argument on whether the hot dog sausage qualifies as a ‘filling,'” the writers wrote, “but if you choose to interpret filling narrowly as only a ‘food mixture used to fill pastry or sandwiches,’ rather than broadly as ‘something used to fill a cavity, container or depression,’ then you’re not going to allow any single-item filling to qualify a food item as a sandwich – which means there can be no thing as a peanut butter sandwich or a bologna (or even baloney) sandwich. Hence, a hot dog is a sandwich.”
Social media posters didn’t take kindly to the definition.
As Fox News found, one wrote on Twitter: “Anyone who thinks the hot dog is a sandwich can go ahead and unfollow me immediately or get kicked in the shin.”
Others were even blunter.
“This is terrorism,” wrote @JoeRoobol to Merriam-Webster.
And another, from Kevin Morrell, referencing the Merriam-Webster tweet about hot dogs as sandwiches: “This tweet made me an @OED convert.”
OED is the acronym for Merriam-Webster’s competitor, the Oxford English Dictionary.