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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? 🌭 

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The Atlantic says "the hot dog is, categorically and existentially, simply not a sandwich." The publication says a sandwich must fulfill the following four requirements:

  1. To qualify as “a sandwich,” a given food product must, structurally, consist of two (2) exterior pieces that are either separate or mostly separate;
  2. Those pieces must be primarily carbohydrate-based—so, made of bread or bread-like products;
  3. The whole assemblage must have a primarily horizontal orientation (so, sitting flush with a plate rather than perpendicular to it); and
  4. The whole assemblage must be fundamentally portable.
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But Merriam-Websterwhich 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.
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