Thursday 29 March 2007

Ask About English Q31: 'butty'


What is the difference between a "Butty" and a "Sandwich".?


Basically there is no big difference: a 'butty' is a 'sandwich'.

'Butty' is British slang for sandwich and originated from the shortening of the words 'bread' and 'butter'. However it is most commonly used to describe sandwiches which we English love, but which are pretty unhealthy:

"Chip butty"
(Big fat French Fries in between 2 pieces of bread)
I have never heard anyone say 'Chip sandwich'

"Bacon butty"

"Jam butty"

Hope this answers you question.


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