« Home | Are there more males or females in the world? » | If your college roommate dies, do you really get a... » | Why are boats and ships always referred to as "she... » | What is the cause of Grey Hair? » | What are billiard/pool made of? » | What's the difference between "all-wheel drive" an... » | Is theMGM lion actually yawning and his roar is du... » | Could a cockroach withstand the blast from a nucle... » | What makes a Stradivarius violin so great? » | Just where did AIDS come from? » 

Thursday, January 25, 2007 Bookmark Now! | Email to a friend  

What is the origin of the word "sandwich"?

According to Word Sources, the Old English word sandwic means "sandy place" or "place on the sand." The English town of Sandwich was first recorded around A.D. 640.

The food item has little to do with the town, but with John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich. In fact, the first Earl of Sandwich (Edward Montagu) really wanted to call himself the Earl of Portsmouth, but for some reason, decided on Sandwich instead.

John Montagu didn't shrink from enjoying life. It's said that he was a corrupt, devil-worshiping sex fanatic who enjoyed gambling (he would have liked Vegas). The origin of the snack is attributed to his asking a waiter for meat between two slices of bread so he wouldn't have to put his hand of cards down. Was he lazy or smart? Probably a little of both.

On a voyage in 1778, Captain James Cook named the Hawaiian Islands after the fourth Earl of Sandwich.

Source: ask.yahoo.com

Add to: Oneview Add to: Folkd Add to: Yigg Add to: Linkarena Add to: Digg Add to: Del.icio.us Add to: Reddit Add to: Simpy Add to: StumbleUpon Add to: Slashdot Add to: Netscape Add to: Furl Add to: Yahoo Add to: Spurl Add to: Google Add to: Blinklist Add to: Blogmarks Add to: Technorati Add to: Newsvine Add to: Blinkbits Add to: Ma.Gnolia

Share on Facebook Read the whole Blog

Receive post updates by Email