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Comment Re:Note to non-Americans (Score 1) 346

1. Wow, classy.

2. I quote: 'Americans refer "burgers" as "sandwiches".. reserving the word "burger" to refer to just the patty...'

3. Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006. Link

From the linked text: Scholarly, up-to-date etymologies, including dates to show when terms entered the language, and showing clearly labeled Americanisms. Hmmm...

4. Did I mention; classy?

Comment Re:Note to non-Americans (Score 1) 346

Well, when I have trouble understanding the definition of a word, the dictionary is the first place I look. It just so happens that if you had known the definition in the first place, you wouldn't have been confused. Cool, you pointed out a cultural difference. Dandy. We get it. Just admit that you failed, and we can all move on.

And please, in the future, if you're not an American, kindly refrain from speaking for us. You got it wrong. We can tell you better than anyone what our customs are. Thanks.

Comment Re:Note to non-Americans (Score 1, Informative) 346

From dictionary.com:

sandwich
  [sand-wich, san-]
-noun
1. two or more slices of bread or the like with a layer of meat, fish, cheese, etc., between each pair.
2. open sandwich.
3. something resembling or suggesting a sandwich, as something in horizontal layers: a plywood sandwich.
-verb (used with object)
4. to put into a sandwich.
5. to insert between two other things: to sandwich an appointment between two board meetings.
Origin:
1755-65; named after the fourth Earl of Sandwich (1718-92)

Eh, at best you are being overly pedantic and as such myopic. Anyone confused by the association between a hamburger and the generic term "sandwich" doesn't even have the mental capacity to belong on the _other_ side of the Mickey D's chow line.

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