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What's in a name? Hoagies, Grinders, Wedges...

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What's in a name? Hoagies, Grinders, Wedges...

Simon Gruber | Oct 5, 2001 11:34 AM

I'm looking for leads on a question that has intrigued me for quite a while -- namely, the origin and diversity of names for submarine sandwiches. And for that matter their significance -- do the different names actually refer to differences (either extant or historical) in the composition of the sandwich?

I first became interested in this when I was working in Putnam County, NY (just north of Westchester.) I noticed that the prevailing name for subs there seems to be "wedges." I have subsequently noticed this name in use in City Island, and so it presumably is used elsewhere in the Bronx as well. (Perhaps not coincidentally, many people in Putnam are transplants from the Bronx.) However, where I live in Orange County, which is only 15 miles or so from Putnam, the name wedge is not used.

There was a brief item in a food magazine recently -- I'll have to dig it out -- about this issue, and refering to an academic article on the topic.

Just a bit of chowhound trivia... Any tips or information will be appreciated -- thanks.

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