Merriam-Webster declares ‘hot dog’ a sandwich; Twitter users bite back

Over the holiday weekend, tweeters for an authoritative source for wordsmiths made a bold claim about the summertime staple, which charred audiences online.

What began as a harmless ode to some common Memorial Day cuisine quickly turned into an array of angry and confused tweets aimed at Merriam-Webster’s social media team.

Here’s how brand managers wished their Twitter followers a happy holiday:

Have a great #MemorialDayWeekend. The hot dog is a sandwich.

— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) May 27, 2016

Merriam-Webster defines “sandwich” as:

1. Two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between.
2. One slice of bread covered with food.

Here’s how its editors define “hot dog”:

frankfurter; especially: a frankfurter heated and served in a long split roll.

The word hot dog refers either to the sausage that you buy squeezed in a plastic package with 7 or so of its kind, or to the same sausage heated and served in a long split roll.

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