How to Agree on a Definition

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Reader Comments (50)

Scott you're a Po Boy indeed.

May 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLumpy

Don't overestimate Scott's drawing abilities. He uses the same drawings over and over. But, yes, the ones he has are all very good.

May 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTomTom

Somehow, this strip is reminding me of that strip:

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterblueskirt

oh my gosh, so many thought on the subject! don't want to get sucked in... but...
ok, a 'sandwich' requires some filling to be tucked between two pieces of bread, as this is how the person after whom the concept was named took it (john montagu, fourth earl of sandwich). as such, an 'open faced sandwich' is not strictly a sandwich and neither is a taco, bread bowl folded pizza or other as there is only one piece of bread. however, i think an 'open faced sandwich', while not a sandwich, may be called a sandwich. it was probably arbitrarily named so cuz of its similarities to a 'sandwich'.
'open faced sandwich' is a misnomer but so are tons of other words in the english language and 'open faced sandwich' can be colloquially shortened to 'sandwich'.
open faced sandwich? NOT a sandwich (but can be called one)

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoy

oh, and, love this comic!!! haba nice day!

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoy

In the case of the double down the chicken is breaded therefore it is a sandwich

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterandrew

Well, a double down IS a sandwich, but his definition would make even a single piece of fried chicken a sandwich. Here's one: a sandwich has ingredients piled upon a piece of bread sturdy enough to hold the whole thing together against the force of gravity. One of the ingredients MAY be another piece of bread

July 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdrian

I find this extra funny, because in my mother tongue, a sandwich is called a 'toebroodjie' (closed little bread) and the open-faced variant is then just an 'oopbroodjie' (open little bread) through analogy, and yet we have a similar problem, in that 'oopbroodjie' is not an accepted word.

July 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJaco

Proposed addendum that may ruin the humor of the comic, but provides an improved sandwich definition.

Two of the bread covered sides must be able to be held parallel to the ground with minimum filling spillage. This allows hamburgers and folded pizza (the pizza sandwich), but disallows tacos and soup bowls (which are in the broader category of edible meat containers).

An exception can be made for the Double Down, which is a delicious sandwich. (fun game to play while waiting for your Double Down, see who can name the most phrases that begin with Double... eg. Double Up, Double Dip, Double Pike)

November 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMark

But, wouldn't a taco be an open-face sandwich?

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMoistRobot
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