Move Over Earl Sandwich

Meat and bread Chloe? Meat and bread with a bit of lettuce Sophie? Meat and bread with a bit of mustard and a spot of butter darling?  I’ve always thought the word ‘sandwich’ was created by a disgruntled parent who decided that morning’s just don’t have to be THAT difficult.

But what does the hallowed font of information for millennials say? Wikipedia has an odd description of what a sandwich is, it seems like the person writing the entry was waffling and threw in a ‘wherein’ to make it sound legit:

‘A sandwich is a food typically consisting of vegetables, sliced cheese or meat, placed on or between slices of bread, or more generally any dish wherein two or more pieces of bread serve as a container or wrapper for another food type. The sandwich began as a portable finger food in the Western world, though over time it has become prevalent worldwide.’

I have never thought of bread as a container or wrapper. Have you? Bakers get your yeast and flour. Move over plastic, bread’s coming to town. And portable finger food of western origin? Really? Though I do like the alliteration and internal rhyme I do think that to describe a sandwich as above is just rather random and a bit misleading as well.

The Big Bang Theory

Clearly, I needed to be saved by a Netflix history lesson. An episode of Big Bang Theory reminded me that it is widely held that the sandwich was created by John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. While Sheldon rooted for Earl Sandwich, Amy said it was an ancient Chinese meal. It did raise a chicken and egg dilemma though – which came first? The sandwich or its name?

Let’s have a closer look. Gave it his name I can accept. Created it? Likely story indeed since the peerage of England has the repeated habit of re-naming, re-creating and re-discovering basically everything that has been there before. Conclusion: this is a Chinese dish with an English name. Nice.

Shall we rename it? And don’t tease me by calling it a portable container please, Wiki’s already gone there.

Let Student View know what you’d like to call meat and bread with a bit of lettuce. Tweet Student View with this hashtag #thesandwichdebate with your entry. Sorry Earl Sandwich, the Aussies got to have a say in this.

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