Thursday, 20 June 2013



A sandwich is a food item consisting of two or more slices of bread with some fillings between them. As a verb it means ‘to position anything between two things of a different character. 

How this word came to have this meaning has an interesting story. 

John Montague, the 4th earl of Sandwich is believed to be the eponymous inventor of this dish. (eponym- that which gives something its name) Once, while playing cards with his friends, the earl ordered his valet to bring meat tucked between two slices of bread so that he could continue to play without making his cards greasy. The others also liked this dish and the earl became particularly fond of it. Hence it came to be called Sandwich.

Sandwich is a historic town in the district of Dover, south-east England. The name is of Old English origin, meaning 'a trading-centre on sand' (from 'wic', 'trading settlement'). ‘Earl of Sandwich’ is actually a title inherited by John Montague.

* The bits of information I post here are based on my memory, the books I have read and the web. If I can get authentic information, I get it from the web. Of course, anyone of you can do it. Only that, I have the time and you are all quite busy.

June 20, 2013

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