Is a hot dog a sandwich?


Natalie Perez, reporter

     A hotdog is a sandwich. Before you start to roll your eyes, think about it. What do you consider a sandwich? Merriam Webster defines a sandwich as two pieces of bread with something (such as meat, peanut butter, etc.) between them. So, with that, isn’t a hotdog a sandwich? If you still don’t believe me, let me break it down farther. A hotdog is made up of a bun, an actual hot dog, and other condiments dependent on your region or preference. A sandwich is typically made up of bread, some kind of meat and other assortments. There are vegetables on some hot dogs, as there are on some sandwiches. There is an assortment of meat that can be used as well, chicken, beef, turkey, ham, the list is endless. Most people would say a hot dog can’t be a sandwich because the bun is one piece of bread, but with that I argue, what about a sub sandwich? Technically it is one piece of bread, sliced in half, LIKE A HOT DOG. Logically, all hot dogs are sandwiches. I’m not saying let’s start asking for sandwiches and expecting a hot dog, but let’s acknowledge that we, as a society, are very odd in the way that we chose to categorize and recognize things. Why do we not subcategorize a hot dog into the sandwich family? Aren’t hamburgers technically a sandwich then? What is the point of all this? Why do we limit ourselves now that we’ve unlocked the true potential of a sandwich? Overall,  let’s just appreciate hot dogs, in all their beauty in grace, and let them be a damn sandwich.