Where did the word sandwich originate from?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The Earl of Sandwich was a big time gambler and one day he was riding so hot he did not want to stop to eat, so hhe put a piece of meat {and probably cheese onion and musturd} inbetween two slices of bread and hence the sandwich was born and named after the Earl of Sandwich

    John B.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The word sandwich that we use today was born in London during the very late hours one night in 1762 when an English nobleman, John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792), was too busy gambling to stop for a meal even though he was hungry for some food. The legend goes that he ordered a waiter to bring him roast-beef between two slices of bread. The Earl was able to continue his gambling while eating his snack; and from that incident, we have inherited that quick-food product that we now know as the sandwich. He apparently had the meat put on slices of bread so he wouldn’t get his fingers greasy while he was playing cards. It’s strange that the name of this sex fiend should have gone down in history connected to such an innocent article of diet.

    Sandwich is a town in Kent, England.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The word sandwich that we use today was born in London during the very late hours one night in 1762 when an English nobleman, John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792), was too busy gambling to stop for a meal even though he was hungry for some food. The legend goes that he ordered a waiter to bring him roast-beef between two slices of bread. The Earl was able to continue his gambling while eating his snack; and from that incident, we have inherited that quick-food product that we now know as the sandwich. He apparently had the meat put on slices of bread so he wouldn’t get his fingers greasy while he was playing cards. It’s strange that the name of this sex fiend should have gone down in history connected to such an innocent article of diet.

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  • 1 decade ago

    England. The Earl of Sandwich...

    "He is also credited with the invention of the sandwich, the name obviously derived from his title. It was long said that he invented the food to sustain himself while gambling without having to eat a full meal; he would never leave his seat at his gambling table and, when compelled to eat, asked his servants to bring him a piece of meat between two slices of bread. His biographer Rodger, however, points out that the sole source of this rumour was gossip mentioned in a travel book by Grosley, and that at the period in question (1765) the Earl was known to be very busy, and it is just as likely that this was for the purpose of eating at his desk. Sandwiches were likely eaten long before the Earl's life — for example, according to Jewish tradition, sanwiches made of unleavened bread and bitter herbs are eaten on Passover."

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  • 1 decade ago

    The sandwich was named after John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, an 18th-century English aristocrat, although it is unlikely to have been invented by him. Indeed a form of sandwich is attributed to the ancient Jewish sage Hillel the Elder, who is said to have put meat from the Paschal lamb and bitter herbs between two matzos during Passover.

    It is said that Lord Sandwich was fond of this form of food because it allowed him to continue playing cards at cribbage while eating, because he did not want to get his cards sticky, from eating meat with his bare hands. The name of the earldom comes from that of the English town of Sandwich in Kent—from the Old English Sandwic, meaning "sand place". Nowadays some types of sandwich are too unwieldy to be held in one hand, thus defeating Montagu's original purpose, and must be eaten with a knife and fork, or at least with both hands. In some countries it is considered proper to always use cutlery to eat sandwiches.

    However, the generally recognised way to eat a sandwich is with one's hands. Eating a sandwich with cutlery arguably defeats the purpose of this specific snack food.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    A sandwich is a food item typically consisting of two pieces of bread between which are laid one or more layers of meat, vegetable, cheese, or other fillings, together with optional or traditionally provided condiments, sauces, and other accompaniments. The bread is often either lightly buttered, covered in a flavoured oil when baked, or oil is added into the sandwich to enhance flavour and texture.

    The sandwich was named after John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, an 18th-century English aristocrat, although it is unlikely to have been invented by him. Indeed a form of sandwich is attributed to the ancient Jewish sage Hillel the Elder, who is said to have put meat from the Paschal lamb and bitter herbs between two matzos during Passover.

    It is said that Lord Sandwich was fond of this form of food because it allowed him to continue playing cards at cribbage while eating, because he did not want to get his cards sticky, from eating meat with his bare hands. The name of the earldom comes from that of the English town of Sandwich in Kent—from the Old English Sandwic, meaning "sand place". Nowadays some types of sandwich are too unwieldy to be held in one hand, thus defeating Montagu's original purpose, and must be eaten with a knife and fork, or at least with both hands. In some countries it is considered proper to always use cutlery to eat sandwiches.

    However, the generally recognised way to eat a sandwich is with one's hands. Eating a sandwich with cutlery arguably defeats the purpose of this specific snack food.

    Hope this helps..................good luck

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  • 1 decade ago

    The word 'sandwich' for an item of food was named after John Montagu who was the 4th Earl of Sandwich. The Earl was an avid gambler, and didn't like interrupting play for food. It is said that in approx. 1762, he asked for meat to be served between slices of bread, to avoid interrupting a gambling game.

    An alternate version is that he asked for meat to be served between the bread slices because he did not want to get his hands sticky with the meat.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It originated after the Earl of Sandwich told his servants to prepare him a meal that he could eat one handed. He did this because he was playing cards and thus could hold his meal in one hand and play with the other.

    The chef came up with this idea of placing meat between two slices of bread, and voila!

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  • jymsis
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    1 decade ago

    From the Earl of Sandwich, who invented it.

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  • 1 decade ago

    A 'sandwich' is an assortment of food between two pieces of bread, and 'knuckles' are the bones in your hand. So a 'knuckle sandwich' is a fist that goes straight toward your mouth.

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