How Did The Sandwich Get Its Name?


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The sandwich was introduced to England and thereafter to the world, by John Monague, an Eglish nobleman who was the fourth Earl of Sandwich who lived in the eighteenth century..
The Earl seemed to have something of a gambling problem and often played card games for over 24 hours at a time. In order to ensure that his time away from the card table was kept to a minimum, he refused to leave for meals. Instead he instructed his servants to bring him cold slices of beef, between two slices of bread, so that he could eat whilst still playing cards.
Word spread of the Earl's idiosyncracies and the style of eating became popular with other noblemen and it was called the 'Sandwich' in honour of the Earl, although there is some debate as to whether this was actually a joke initially. Whether it was a jocular term is somehwat irrelevant, since the name has survived to this day and is recognised worldwide.

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