Over the weekend Merriam-Webster sent the Internet into a frenzy when it said a hot dog is a sandwich.
The online dictionary tweeted that, “The hot dog is a sandwich,” and twitter users freaked out. Some even said the company went too far.
Some Twitter users added even more questions to the debate.
Merriam-Webster explained their reasoning in an article published to its website:
“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. 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 Hence, a hot dog is a sandwich.”