In our post on salami, we mentioned it’s use on Mr. FamilyTrivium’s favorite sandwich from Jimmy John’s. Knowing this, we can say what one possible ingredient is for a sandwich, but what makes a sandwich a sandwich?

According to the Macmillan Dictionary, a sandwich is “a light meal that you make by putting a layer of food such as meat, cheese, or egg between two pieces of bread.” In the case of a submarine sandwich, rather than having two pieces of bread, a single baguette is cut, lengthwise, almost in half, leaving the two halves attached on one side, essentially creating a wide slot into which the layers of ingredients are placed. In Mr. FamilyTrivium’s favorite Jimmy John’s sub – the Vito – salami is joined by capicola, provolone, lettuce, tomato, onions & vinaigrette if you order the menu standard.

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, this usage of the word dates to 1762, and is

said to be a reference to John Montagu (1718-1792), Fourth Earl Sandwich, who was said to be an inveterate gambler who ate slices of cold meat between bread at the gaming table during marathon sessions rather than get up for a proper meal (this account dates to 1770). It was in his honor that Cook named the Hawaiian islands (1778) when Montagu was first lord of the Admiralty. The family name is from the place in Kent, Old English Sandwicæ, literally “sandy harbor (or trading center).” For pronunciation, see cabbage.Sandwich board, one carried before and one behind, is from 1864.

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