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Forget US Prez polls, the world is divided over Merriam Webster's definition of a 'Hotdog'


The world may be divided over the question whether US Republican candidate Donald Trump would be the next President or not, but right now Americans have their hands full on more important subjects, say whether a Hot Dog is a sandwich.

Merriam Webster, the world's most trusted dictionary, was close to put the debate at rest when it Tweeted that Hot Dog is a "sandwich".

Hot Dog

In a Tweet, the site said, "Have a great #MemorialDayWeekend. The hot dog is a sandwich."

Twitter exploded with 'against the motion' comments, especially the frankfurter fans. One Dijana Konovac said, "Anyone who thinks the hot dog is a sandwich can go ahead and unfollow me immediately or get kicked in the shin."

User @JoeRoobol wrote, "this is terrorism," while Kevin Morrell said, "this tweet made me an @OED (Oxford English Dictionary) convert."

Meanwhile, Merriam Webster justifies its reasons for calling it a sandwich by saying, "We know: the idea that a hot dog is a sandwich is heresy to some of you. But given that the definition of sandwich is "two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between," there is no sensible way around it," they wrote on their website.

"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."

It also answers doubts of people who do not consider sausage as a "filling". The dictionary says, "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," they said. "Hence, a hot dog is a sandwich."

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