Where does the word ‘sandwich’ come from?

Throughout my life I’ve been thoroughly fascinated by etymology and word formation. I find it truly captivating how little moments in history provide us with several words that we largely apply today, yet we don’t necessarily acknowledge their origins. But apart from the mere evolution of words after some decades, you can bump into some really amusing anecdotes which illustrate the origin of some words as well as entertain you.

Today, however, curiosity stroke again. Based on my childish endeavor to acknowledge the origin of the widely spread word ‘sandwich‘, I laughingly discovered how that word became what it is today.

Apparently, it all began with John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who was an English aristocrat in the 18th century. Being fond of playing cards (cribbage mostly), he was keen on finding a way to have a bite and keep playing at the same time. Subsequently, he ordered his valet to bring him meat tucked between two pieces of bread, so as not to get his cards greasy from eating the meat with bare hands. Shortly after people started to order  “the same as Sandwich!”, easily ending with the dish being named after him.

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2 responses to “Where does the word ‘sandwich’ come from?

  1. Pingback: Ordinary word…or not | The Girl With Great Expectations·

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