Is a hot dog a sandwich? Louisville, Kentucky, newspaper the Courier-Journal took an official stand last week in a wonderfully thorough, archive-diving correction that declared, per its house style anyway, that previous declarations of a hot dog’s sandwichhood were erroneous:
I went to a baseball game today and they showed a video where they asked the players if a hot dog is a sandwich. This is out of control.— Stangle's Kid (@lisasaurstomp) July 24, 2017
Eric Mittenthal, the president of the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council (and owner of a pretty strong Twitter handle) apparently went on vacation but did anticipate all sorts of future questions:
Out of office now on with this included: If you are emailing to ask if a hot dog is a sandwich, the answer is no https://t.co/NzvRMjdFN4— Eric Mittenthal (@MeatVP) July 21, 2017
Elsewhere, things got a little heated:
My coworker told me that he had the "is a hot dog a sandwich" conversation while on a fishing trip and the arguing brought someone to tears— broccoli rob (@turnip_tops) July 24, 2017
And the original hot-dog-correction tweeter, Courier-Journal executive editor Joel Christopher, even scored some free hot dogs out of the deal:
In its correction, the Courier-Journal’s reference to a “frankfurter sandwich with catchup” being the “most egregious” hot dog descriptor might be particularly heartening to Chicago residents trolled last week for their distain of the condiment — though Courier-Journal, regarding the house spelling of “catsup,” we might have to talk.