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The Pronunciation Of 'Sandwiches' Has Sparked A Huge Online Debate

By James Fenton

June 17, 2017 at 11:58am

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If you've never been offered a 'hang sangitch' in your Aunty Mary's house then you're not really Irish. 

While the word 'sandwich' appears pretty straightforward to the naked eye, a large number of Irish people have always struggled with it. 

The issue was brought up on Reddit yesterday by user Irishane who posed the question:

"Do any of you say "sangwedges" or "sangedges" instead of "sandwiches"?"

Of course, people were quick to get their opinions out there and it's fair to say things got a bit meaty.

Mikerochip:

"Who doesn't love a good hang sangwitch??"

An_Halach:

"Only if they contain hang."

jarumphadumpj:

"I may be guilty of 'sangwiches' but sure look."

Minitell:

"Sang-witch" sometimes when my inner Kerryman escapes, but I try to contain him."

Azhrei:

"No. They're sandwiches, dammit. ...sometimes they're sammiches."

It didn't take long for the sandwich debate to move onto the pronunciation of other words.

lilylover229:

"My Dad says sangwidges and calls Chicago, Chicargo. Makes me want to disown him sometimes."

BillyH13:

"My old man calls dundalk dundork. Does my head in tbh"

Irishane:

"Ah, that's fine though. My gripe is with those that put letters in words that were never there to begin with. Another is when people order a "Kompenberg" when they really mean "Kopparberg"."

This input by fartinburp (nice) has to be our favourite. Just why?

"My mother pronounces the letter Z as "eh-zed", and hence zoo becomes "eh-zoo", zip "eh-zip" etc. No idea why and I've never heard it anywhere else."

Luckily, someone who seemed somewhat educated in the subject offered some logical reasoning.

granular101:

"There's a phonological reason for this: Assimilation.

It's natural to change an "n" sound to and "m" before a "w" sound, because they're both pronounced with the lips, while the "n" is pronounced with the tongue on roof of the mouth."

Every day is a school day. You can check out the full debate by clicking here

After all that, we now want to find a definitive answer and would hugely appreciate if you took part in our potentially groundbreaking poll below:

Now that's done, we're all off for a hang sanger.

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