"cheeseburger slider"

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sat Dec 22 01:30:18 UTC 2012

On Dec 21, 2012, at 5:12 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:

> On Dec 21, 2012, at 4:56 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
>> On Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 12:28 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Here in PA, a "slider" is _a tiny hamburger_, perhaps even smaller than
>>> a White Castle hamburger, but *far* less delicious.
>> All right, then:
>> "a tiny _burger_"
> I don't know.  Does a lobster roll (on mini-bun) count as a tiny burger?  Or a tuna tartare slider?   Not burgery enough for my threshold; the bun does not the burger make, tiny or otherwise.  Moral:  Size matters, but if it ain't the meat, it's the ocean, all bets are off.

I can't parse the moral, but FWIW, there are lobster burgers, shrimp burgers, clam burgers (and clamburgers), shark fin burgers and uni burgers. And you can substitute "slider" and find Google images of "lobster sliders" and more.

Is a burger a sandwich with a round top? (I'm sure exceptions can be found...)

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA

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