Why Did Merriam-Webster Ruin Memorial Day Weekend By Calling The Hot Dog A Sandwich?

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05.27.16 9 Comments
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This year’s Memorial Day Weekend was shaping up to be a really nice one. Our playlist for 2016 is out, the next episode of Game of Thrones drops late Sunday night, and just about everyone gets to sleep in because most places are closed for business on Monday. Sounds fantastic, right? You’re damn right it does. Or, at least it did until the official Twitter account for the Merriam-Webster Dictionary decided to spoil everyone’s day with the lame due-after-the-holiday homework assignment that is the following assessment: Hot dogs are sandwiches.

Here’s the offending post:

In what’s proving to be a successful attempt at virality, the would-be wordsmiths tagged the tweet and its linked-to blog post with the popular hashtag #MemorialDayWeekend. The result? A cavalcade of internet vomit emboldened by GIFs, short videos and 140 characters of pure, trollerific vitriol. Most of the reactions, catalogued below, probably didn’t bother to read the attached listicle. If they had, however, their opinions probably wouldn’t have changed all that much. They probably would’ve been much, much worse.

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