I am translating a text from Persian to English. I need to use an equivalent for "ساندویچی" (pronounced 'Sandwichi')(In Persian, a person who makes and sells sandwiches. It also applies to the place, where this is done). I found snack bar that can be used for the place (sandwich shop), but no equivalent for the employee therein. Is there such a word in English?

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    I don't think there's a single-word equivalent. – keshlam Nov 3 '14 at 16:58
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    I'm told it's artist but I am not 100% convinced. – corsiKa Nov 3 '14 at 19:39
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    I'm not sure that there is an English word for such a narrow profession. Someone who makes food is generally called a "cook" or a "chef" if they're highly trained. However, we don't have dozens and dozens of types of cooks (one for sandwiches, one for pizzas, one for hamburgers, etc.) – Calphool Nov 3 '14 at 21:30
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    Sandwitcheer. Doens't really exists but sound cool. – o0'. Nov 3 '14 at 22:09
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    OK: "A common, well-known, and accepted English word", if you prefer. By definition you can invent one, but "Is there such a word" usually means "is there a word or short phrase that the majority of native speakers will immediately recognize as having this meaning, and will consider natural" And as far as I know, the answer is "no", at least outside the jargon of the food-service profession. I would be pleased to be wrong, but then again I would have considered the use of "barrista" to mean coffee server jargon before Storebought's popularized it. – keshlam Nov 3 '14 at 23:21

A person who makes sandwiches is a sandwich maker.

A person who sells sandwiches is a sandwich vendor.

A person who buys sandwiches is a sandwich buyer.

A person who loves sandwiches is a sandwich lover.

A person who eats sandwiches is no longer hungry.

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I'm tempted to suggest sandwich-maker, the only problem with this term is that some might think of the electrical device used for toasting filled sandwiches

images of George Forman Grill, pannini presses and other appliances to toast/modify sandwiches.

However, in context, its meaning would be unequivocal.

  • Doug worked as a sandwich-maker until the day before he was fired.
  • It is said that the sandwich-maker was occupied two hours in cutting and arranging the sandwiches for the day's consumption.

  • Who Makes The Most Delicious Sandwiches - A Professional Sandwich-Maker Or 300 Sandwiches' Stephanie Smith?

EDIT/UPDATE: From today's Daily Mail (Nov 10 2014), one of Britains best selling tabloid newspapers, has the following dramatic headline

1. Is There No One Left in Britain Who Can Make a Sandwich?

The UK’s biggest sandwich maker wants to recruit hundreds of workers from Eastern Europe because no Britons will do the job. Bosses from Greencore Group are flying to Hungary today in search of staff for its new factory. ....
Allyson Russell, Greencore’s human resources director, said the company had tried to recruit in the UK, but that it was ‘not always the kind of work’ which people wanted to do

And from the website World Bakers.com the same sandwich maker company is nominated in the article

2. Sandwich maker teams up with biscuit firm

Northern Foods has unveiled plans to merge with the biggest sandwich maker in the UK, creating a group with annual sales of £1.7 billion. Northern Foods, makers of Fox's biscuits, hopes to complete the tie-up with Irish chilled foods firm Greencore by the end of June.

All of which suggests that the term sandwich maker not only applies to the worker/s who make/s the sandwiches but also to the company or store/sandwich bar that makes and sells them. Something which I should have mentioned as soon as I realized that the OP was looking for one term which covered both bases.

Well as they say, the proof is in the eating...

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The fast food chain Subway calls their employees "sandwich artists," though I think it's somewhat tongue-in-cheek since the sandwiches they sell are pretty unexceptional.

I have never heard the term "sandwich bar." At least in the US, a common name for a shop that sells sandwiches is "delicatessen," which is very often shortened to "deli."

As for what to call someone who works at a deli, I would use "deli worker" or the gender-specific (and very casual) "deli guy" and "deli lady."

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    "I think it's somewhat tongue-in-cheek since the sandwiches they sell are of very poor quality." I think they're pretty good myself. – Joe Z. Nov 3 '14 at 16:48
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    @JoeZ. I agree they're not bad, but works of art they are not. I was overly harsh in my answer and I'll correct it. :) – Joel Anair Nov 3 '14 at 19:00
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    As far as mass-produced subs go, yeah they're okay. But I think your current wording is the best: there's nothing incredibly artistic about them. Now, the executive chefs that designed them, when considering how they look, taste, cost, and how easy they are to prepare, that could be considered art. But that would make the teenagers doing the preparing just laborers, not artists. – corsiKa Nov 3 '14 at 19:41
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    I agree that they're unexceptional, but they're still pretty good. Correction accepted. :) – Joe Z. Nov 3 '14 at 19:42
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    This is an interesting answer but, and you allude to this, Subway corporate jargon is not general English usage. – David Richerby Nov 4 '14 at 12:42

"Short-order cook" might work if anything else besides sandwiches is prepared there. If not, then "sandwich-maker" as proposed by Mari-Lou A might be best.

Example of use: "The short order cook prepared a sandwich for the irate customer in two minutes flat."

http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-a-short-order-cook.htm (this description of the job has a sandwich as a example)


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As nobody gave the obvious answer yet, I will give it:

There is no word in English for someone who both makes and sells sandwiches.

But I think sandwich seller can be considered in the right context. Because it is high-likely that he is also making the sandwiches. Though, it usually connotes a street seller rather than someone who works at a sandwich shop/bar.

Additionally, sandwich seller is used as a term who works at a sandwich shop in a economy-related book called "Free Market Economics, Second Edition: An Introduction for the General Reader" By Steven Kates. I also found this phrase in some other economy related publications.

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  • Likewise a sandwich-maker could also be the owner of a snack bar. The seller is not necessarily the same person who prepares the sandwiches, it's not a given. – Mari-Lou A Nov 4 '14 at 16:16
  • @Mari-LouA: To me, sandwich seller sounds like a more encompassing word. And I already meant that seller is not necessarily the same person who makes the sandwiches but to me, it is high-likely. But the answer is there is no word for what OP is asking. – ermanen Nov 4 '14 at 16:22
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    I don't think this demonstrates how generic the term is. This usage appears to be merely prosaic use of two words to form a description ("sandwich seller" = "seller of sandwiches"), not a properly unified term or English compound word (which are sometimes compounded with a separating space, which confuses this issue to no end...). – SevenSidedDie Nov 5 '14 at 5:12
  • @SevenSidedDie: Deleted graph and comment. – ermanen Nov 5 '14 at 15:35
  • I have to say I disagree that sandwich seller ‘sounds like’ someone who both makes and sells the sandwiches. To me, it sounds quite forcibly like someone who doesn’t make the sandwiches, but just sells them. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Nov 10 '14 at 13:54

Surely we must coin a new term: Sandwichsta ("san(d) WEECH sta")

But seriously folks: I don't think English has a one-word term for this. "The deli guy/gal" is pretty much as close as I've ever heard.

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Would sandwich monger be a candidate? Granted this would be a bit more UK-focused, and is generally more focused on the selling and trade than the making.

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  • That's a good tip – codezombie Nov 4 '14 at 19:37
  • I think sarniemonger is my new favourite word. – mikeagg Nov 5 '14 at 14:21

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