Monday, 8 August 2011

Why Is A Sandwich Called A Sandwich?

Two slices of bread with jam in the middle – probably the simplest form of a sandwich. Sandwiches are probably one of the snacks most eaten – easy to make, and filling for the stomach. But did you ever wonder why it is called the sandwich? Did people used to put sand in the bread to eat? That’s ridiculous!

Lets make one thing clear first – the sandwich has nothing to do with sand, although it has a distinct connection with island life. A long time back, the Hawaiian islands were called the “The Sandwich Islands”. Back in those days, their ruler was John Montague – 4th Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792). Montague was well known for his love of gambling, and would refuse to take breaks even for meals. To be un-interrupted in his gambling sessions, he invented the sandwich. Montague would bid the waiter to bring him a piece of ham between two slices of bread, which he would eat without stopping his play.

The name “sandwich” is credit to the Earl of Sandwich – but I am sure that people have been tucking in bits of cheese and meat in bread well before his time.

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