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Sandwiches are Delicious, but Where Did the Word Come From?

Sandwiches are one of the most commonly eaten snacks in the world.

What do you think of when the word ‘Sandwich’ pops up in your mind? Don’t you think of two pieces of bread with some filling between them?

But where did the word come from? Let’s dig in. 

This popular snack takes its name from the 4th Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu.

Now you must be wondering what that means. An ‘earl’ is a title used for a noble or lord who rules over a piece of land. ‘Sandwich’ is the town this earl ruled over; it is located in England.

John Montagu was the 4th Earl of Sandwich.

  • The 4th Earl of Sandwich lived about 250 years ago. The story goes that the Earl was very fond of playing card games
  • He enjoyed playing so much that he didn’t want to leave the game to go eat his meals.
  • He had asked his servants to bring him the cooked beef served between 2 slices of bread so that he could eat and play at the same time
  • Observing him, his friends also started asking for ‘the same as Sandwich’ and so ‘sandwich’ came to mean what it does today.

Of course, people ate bread with meat and cheese before this but the word ‘sandwich’ became popular after this.

So, would you also like to have a snack named after you?

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