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A major controversy has been reignited this Memorial Day weekend: Is a hot dog a sandwich or not?

Merriam-Webster sent the food world into a frenzy on Friday with a blog post that declared a hot dog is indeed a sandwich, under the definition that a sandwich is "1) two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between 2) one slice of bread covered with food."

In the blog post, Merriam-Webster elaborated:

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. 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.

You could hinge your anti-hot-dog-as-sandwich argument on whether the hot dog sausage qualifies as a "filling," but 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.

Many people, however, disagreed and loudly voiced their opinions:

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