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Pizza is an Open-Faced Sandwich

My perspective on a major debate.

Matt Fazekas, Staff Writer

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(note: this article was being written when Drew Brown’s article for VICE.com was published)

A spectre is haunting the internet — the spectre of sandwich discourse. All the powers of food-category prescriptivists have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: mostly Twitter.

Where is the party in opposition that has not engaged in sandwich discourse? Where is the opposition that has not said “your definition of sandwich is wrong” to the more advanced opposition parties, as well as against its reactionary adversaries?

Two things result from this fact:

Pizza has the central properties of a sandwich.
It is high time that participants in sandwich discourse should openly, in the face of the whole world, publish their views, their aims, their tendencies, and meet this nursery tale of the Spectre of Sandwich Discourse with a manifesto of the discourse itself.

A sandwich is definable by certain unchangeable traits: the presence of a dough product as a frame, and the presence of a filling. The crust of a pizza is a dough product. The rest of the pizza constitutes the filling.

Some would say that, since the rest of the pizza is on top and not within the pizza, it’s not truly a “filling”, but this is facile, fallacious thinking. The claim is that pizza is an open-faced sandwich, i.e. a sandwich which is uncovered, a sandwich where the top layer is not on it by default. Folding the pizza creates a traditional sandwich structure, but it is not necessary for that to be present for an item to be a sandwich, the components on their own are enough.

A burger is a sandwich, a sub is a sandwich, a hot dog is a sandwich, and a pizza is a sandwich. Prescriptivism gets us nowhere. Descriptivism is where we must turn.

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