[Ads-l] The "St. Paul sandwich"

W Brewer brewerwa at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 12 21:59:49 UTC 2016

WG/Wikip: << ST. PAUL SANDWICH. Sandwich made of four pieces of bread, with
sliced chicken between two [of the] pieces and egg between the other two. >>
WB:  RE number of slices of bread in a sandwich. In Taiwan several decades
ago, maybe still in lower-priced outlets, a <san-ming-zhi> was a triangle
(our sandwich sliced in half), from THREE slices of bread, the <san-> of
<sandwich> being interpreted as Mandarin <san> '3'. Between the slices,
e.g. fried egg, paper-thin slice of ham, scallions. Also, beware the faux
amis: Taiwanese will perversely label an ordinary loaf of sliced white
bread as <tuo-si  ~ toast>. If you want Eng. <bread>, you will get
'pastry'. (This then makes for a semantic push chain for translations of
Eng. 'toast' & 'pastry'. Etc. ad nauseam.)

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