Recently, my friends and I have had an ongoing conversation about a topic near and dear to our hearts (and stomachs)–hot dogs and their status as a sandwich.
For many people, their initial reaction when asked “Is a hot dog a sandwich?” is a quick and ignorant no. Of course, I don’t blame them. By cultural norms, a hot dog is not a sandwich, but rather a category of its own, but when we get down to the meat of it, a hot dog is quite clearly a sandwich–and if you still disagree then you’ll need to make some concessions based on what your standards for a sandwich are.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a sandwich is “two or more slices of bread or a split roll having filling in between” and if you ask me, a hot dog is a filling (the meat and condiments) between a split roll (the hot dog bun). Now, there are non-believers out there who claim that a sandwich cannot consist of a split roll, but merely two slices of bread. Well to them I beg the question, “How are submarine sandwiches served?” Others doubt the legitimacy of the filling and the “purity” of hot dog meat, yet would still consider bologna a true sandwich filling. It is this kind of hypocrisy that is bringing our country down and now we need to catch up to those with more enlightened, open-minded thinking. Now, I must muster up the strength to admit this, but my own mother has turned her back on the hot dog movement. She claims that a hot dog is its own entity. Her biggest argument is how it is used in language. “You don’t ask for a hot dog sandwich like you ask for a turkey sandwich,” she repeats time after time, “you just ask for a hot dog, which has its own meaning” Well mother, I say to you, a BLT is a sandwich too.
And now that I’ve made this assertion, it’s time for me to get my buns to bed and relish this victory.
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