Ever since Sir Edward Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, ordered a slab of meat between two slices of bread so that he could eat and continue to play cards uninterrupted, the sandwich has been a lunchtime fixture in many western countries.
The question of what does and does not constitute a sandwich has arisen at times. A yet-to-be-resolved debate over whether Welsh rabbit is a sandwich rages on.
The latest controversy over sandwiches has gone all the way to the Supreme Court, or at least to a Supreme Court Justice. As Fox News reports, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a guest on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on March 21.
While on the show, Justice Ginsburg was asked about what Colbert identified as “one of the most divisive issues facing our country”: whether a hot dog is a sandwich.
Ginsburg was tactful. “You tell me what a sandwich is and then I’ll tell you if a hot dog is a sandwich,” she said.
After much back and forth, the ruling was made. Yes, a a hot dog is a sandwich.