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KJ ([personal profile] owlmoose) wrote2006-01-31 11:54 am
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Enjoy every sandwich (or whatever)

Wow, the hamburger/sandwich/both question sure provoked a response. I think it's time for a poll.

[Poll #663931]

[identity profile] peachespig.livejournal.com 2006-01-31 09:55 pm (UTC)(link)
I said a hamburger is sometimes a sandwich, and what I meant is the following: it is empirically a sandwich, but linguistically is not. That is, almost any definition of sandwich is going to include hamburgers, but I still wouldn't refer to a hamburger as a sandwich. It's like, I don't know - maybe that any scientific definition of "animal" includes humans, but that in conversation we actually use "animal" for everything in that category that isn't human. Not a prefect analogy, but something like that.

[identity profile] owlmoose.livejournal.com 2006-01-31 11:10 pm (UTC)(link)
I think you have captured the distinction. At least, based on the regional dialects of English that I speak and hear spoken most often.


[identity profile] brokenhut.livejournal.com 2006-02-04 02:26 pm (UTC)(link)

I just thought I'd clarify my responses, cos I imagine that my take is different from others --- I'd guess that most of the people who have taken this poll are from North America somewhere (though I haven't checked) so I thought I'd drop in the opinion of someone from the UK.

That is: a sandwhich requires two slices from a loaf, with a filling in the middle. If you put a burger, or sausages or bacon, in between those slices of bread, then it's still a sandwich.

If there's only one slice of bread (even if that slice is folded back on itself) then it's generally 'a piece'. The filling for a piece is generally some kind of spread. For example, a slice of bread with jam on it is a 'jeely piece'.

How's that for a new perspective? :)

Re: Clarification

[identity profile] owlmoose.livejournal.com 2006-02-04 02:34 pm (UTC)(link)
I'd guess that most of the people who have taken this poll are from North America somewhere

As far as I know, that is correct. Thanks for the clarification! I really appreciate it. :)