2015 Nathan's Famous 4th Of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest
Atmosphere at the 2015 Nathan's Famous 4th Of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island on July 4, 2015 in New York City. Bobby Bank—WireImage

Newspaper Corrects Every Single 'Hot Dog Sandwich' Reference

Jul 21, 2017

A local newspaper waded into the heated debate over whether a hot dog is a sandwich this week with a frank correction firmly placing itself in the "not a sandwich" camp.

The Louisville, Kentucky Courier-Journal newspaper published an epic correction of their referrals to hot dogs as "sandwiches" over the years, beginning in 1887 and ending in 1966. The move puts the Courier-Journal in line with the official verdict from the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, which recently declared hot dogs are not sandwiches.

"Among those errors were references to a frankfurter sausage sandwich, frankfurter sandwich, coney island sandwich, frankfurter sandwich with mustard, and, the most egregious, a frankfurter sandwich with catchup," reads the correction, issued Wednesday. "We deeply regret the errors, especially that last one."

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The executive editor of the paper, Joel Christopher, tweeted about the correction, saying that the Courier-Journal is "deadly serious about accuracy."

The corrections did not come without controversy at the Courier-Journal itself. One of the paper's columnists, Joseph Gerth, wrote a response to his editor's decision to publish the corrections, saying that even Merriam-Webster defines hot dogs as sandwiches. "You can even call it 'fake news' if you want," wrote Gerth.

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council has designated the month of July as Hot Dog Month. The famous Coney Island hot dog eating contest took place on the Fourth of July.

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