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comment Is a hamburger considered a sandwich?
Rissoles are typically served on a plate with gravy and veggies but though I've never had one it turns out there is indeed such a thing as a rissole sandwich. In fact you just remind me that whereas in the US you just have fries but in Australia we used to just have chips, but since McDonalds and co made their mark some decades ago we now have two platonic ideals, one for chips and one for fries. It's no different really from how we view a burger as having somehow a different Platonic essence from a sandwich. (or whatever the right term is.)
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comment Is a hamburger considered a sandwich?
There is a field in either linguistics or philosophy that relates to how different people categorize objects "between" the classical or standard or typical forms. Unfortunately I'm having no luck at all finding what the field is called. Could be something with "Platonic forms". Anyway this is a known and studied phenomenon and I'm not making it up.
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comment Is a hamburger considered a sandwich?
Now you're just telling people how their own native dialect works and their own mind works. I wouldn't think of that as a hamburger but feel free to make up my mind for me if you don't want to learn about. And thanks for the analysis.
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comment Is a hamburger considered a sandwich?
That actually looks like a (ridiculous) "club sandwich"! (-:
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comment Is a hamburger considered a sandwich?
I see a photo of a rissole sandwich.
May
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comment Is a hamburger considered a sandwich?
In fact all the answers are describing their native speaker intuitions. Some of them think they're describing natural ontologies or etymologies, just there's more Americans in this discussion. This dividing of senses in the minds of speakers is one of the most fascinating things in languages. Try it with "kebab", "shawarma", "doner", etc across languages!
May
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comment Is a hamburger considered a sandwich?
@HotLicks: Etymological fallacy will get you nowhere though. Francis describes how language actually works in describing their native speaker intuition. Is a glass a cup? Is a door a gate?
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comment Is a hamburger considered a sandwich?
Where to ask a question? History.SE? I might try Quora for this one ... What form of bread is most likely to have been used in when the Earl invented the sandwich?
May
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comment Is a hamburger considered a sandwich?
We don't have hoagies. Are they like subs, which we also don't have but we're used to Subway now (-:
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revised Is a hamburger considered a sandwich?
on hamburger patties being rissoles
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comment Is a hamburger considered a sandwich?
I think the Earl had very chunky slices he hacked straight off the loaf himself. Didn't mention him for the same reason I haven't spotted anyone mention sausage originally from Hamburg yet. I did think about both as I was enjoying this QA though.
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answered Is a hamburger considered a sandwich?
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Apr
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comment Is there any English word in which “ph” is not pronounced as “f”?
@Malvolio: The Greek names in Australia are always with /f/. The pan-European name with many spelling variants including "Stephan" are all with /f/. Stephen/Steven/Steve are all with /v/. I've never heard of Stephan becoming Steve but would consider that a nickname. I've never heard in English /steef/ as a male name but /stef/ as a female name in not rare, usually a short form of "Stephanie".
Apr
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answered Is there any word for “small hand written note/letter” in English?
Apr
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comment Is there any English word in which “ph” is not pronounced as “f”?
@jamesqf: I've never heard Stephen pronounced with an 'f' and I'm a native English speaker who's been to most English speaking countries. Can you find us a YouTube like or something?
Mar
27
comment Is it “kelly pool” or “Kelly pool”?
Apparently the person it's named after wasn't named Kelly though - but at that point I stopped reading further (-:
Mar
27
comment Is it “kelly pool” or “Kelly pool”?
The Wikipedia article uses lowercase but it may be named after a person or at least be perceived to be. I don't have access to a nice fat descriptive OED or Websters here though (-:
Mar
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asked Is it “kelly pool” or “Kelly pool”?