Jimmy Kimmel's Perfect Response to the 'Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich?' Debate

Because we really needed yet another ridiculous thing to argue about this year, the word junkies over at the Merriam-Webster Dictionary recently reignited the age-old debate over whether or not a hot dog is a sandwich by declaring it a sandwich, by definition. Yes, they actually went there, folks, and as you can imagine, it led to some serious bickering via 140 characters of ALL CAPS.

And now, in an attempt to finally settle the debate, late night funny man and self-nominated vice presidential candidate Jimmy Kimmel has jumped into the frank-filled fray as a much-needed voice for reason.

"[Merriam-Webster] say that by definition, a sandwich has two or more slices of bread or a split roll with filling in between." Kimmel said. "... By my definition, a hot dog is a hot dog. It's its own thing, with its own specialized bun. If you went into a restaurant and ordered a meat-tube sandwich, would that make sense? No. They'd probably call the cops on you."

Regardless of what side you're on here, you have to admit the guy makes some good points, or at least funny ones. For example: "If hot dogs are sandwiches, then cereal is soup," he said. "Chew on that one for a while." Not convinced? Well, you'll probably never be. 

Oh, and just wait to you hear what Kimmel has to say about hamburgers... Check in out in the clip above.

h/t Eater

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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and considers hot dogs as... hot dogs. Crazy, right? Send news tips to and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.