Hot dogs are absolutely sandwiches

By: Haley Nagel, reporter

The word “hot dog” paints a vivid, uniform picture in the mind. It is often composed of dark red, highly processed sausage placed between a long roll of bread split in the middle, connected on the bottom, with various toppings.

The word “sandwich” also poses a clear visual. Most people think of two thin, square pieces of bread with sliced meat, cheese and a condiment or two. We can all agree hot dogs and sandwiches look slightly different, but we don’t all agree they are the same. By definition and logical reasoning, hot dogs are sandwiches.

The argument that hot dogs are not sandwiches is not subjective and avoids proven evidence. It’s time we settle this ongoing hot dog controversy with the factual evidence non-believers have avoided for much too long.

Though “hot dog” is used more often, it is simply another word for sandwich. By definition, a sandwich is an item of food consisting of two pieces of bread with meat, cheese or other filling between them, eaten as a light meal, according to Merriam-Webster. Hot dogs perfectly fit the definition of a sandwich, so there should be no confusion. Two pieces of bread: yes. Meat in between: yes. Eaten as a light meal: yes.

There are a multitude of these instances in the English language; this one is no different. When  first arrived on American shores from Europe in the late 1800s, it was often referred to as a “Coney Island Sandwich” or “Frankfurter sandwich,” according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. Much like an “ice cream sundae” is often referred to as a sundae, terminology changes.

Hot dogs even fall under USDA regulatory guidelines for a sandwich for inspection. Therefore, technically and legally speaking, hot dogs are sandwiches.

Just because most people do not explicitly say, “I’ll have the hot dog sandwich” doesn’t make a hot dog any less of a sandwich than a submarine. It’s simply an implied statement. Hot dogs shouldn’t be segregated from the sandwich family due to socially accepted terminology.

End the stigma. Hot dogs are sandwiches, too.

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