"sammies"; was: Becky Mercuri's book American Sandwich

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Sun Feb 6 05:51:15 UTC 2005

The "sammie" which appeared in the ADS-L archives was among a group of New
Zealand words.

Here is a large list of NZ-isms, including "sammie" and other similar
things such as "footie" = "football", "pozzie" = "position", "breckie" =
"breakfast", etc.


"Sammie" = "sandwich" fits naturally enough in the NZ list.

If "sammie" = "sandwich" is conventional in the US, there should be
numerous examples in fiction: are there? It's hard to search since mostly
"Sammy" is a name; but I checked several expressions such as "ham sammie",
"have a sammie", etc. at Amazon search-inside and I don't see any "sammie"
= "sandwich". Maybe it's very new in the US?

-- Doug Wilson

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