It's clear Americans love hot dogs. It's estimated that we eat nearly 20 billion hot dogs per year. But our nation is divided on how to categorize hot dogs. Is a hot dog a sandwich or is a hot dog its own thing? 🌭
But Merriam-Webster—which makes the mother-flippin' dictionary, folks—says the hot dog is a sandwich by the very definition of what a sandwich is:
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.