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MCDonalds call their burgers 'sandwiches' but then they also call their eateries 'restaurants'.

Let's start further back:
* steak: a piece of dead ox, cooked.
* Hamburger steak: a steak, ground up and fried, named after a place where someone cooked it this way some time in the remote past.

* hamburger: short for "Hamburger steak".
* sandwich: two pieces of bread with something edible between them.

* open-face sandwich: one piece of bread with something edible on top.

* hamburger sandwich: a sandwich with hamburger (at least) as the edible something.
* hamburger: short for "hamburger sandwich", short for "Hamburger steak sandwich".
* burger: short for "hamburger", short for...
* Whataburger®: what a burger should be.
* restaurant: an establishment that sells meals, or vaguely meal-like items, such as hamburgers.
* real restaurant; sit-down restaurant: a restaurant with waiters or waitresses, who take orders and bring the meals.
* fast-food restaurant: restaurant with no waiters. Meals are purchased at the counter, and taken to a table, or carried out in a bag. Often has a drive-by window. Examples: McDonald's®, Wendy's®, Whataburger®, Burger King®, Jack-in-the-Box®, Rally's®, Kyoto Bowl®, Shogun Express®, Pizza Hut®.
A hamburger is a sandwich; McDonald's® is a restaurant.

Steve
In Esperanto, sandwich = "sandvico de hakita bovajo", "hakvianda sandvico", "sandvico".
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* steak: a piece of dead ox, cooked.

Why not cow?
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Django Cat filted:

MCDonalds call their burgers 'sandwiches' but then they also call their eateries 'restaurants'.

Actually, they call them "stores"...in any event, the relevance to sandwichness is hazy at best..r

I suspect this is pondial; in the UK they make a big point of calling them 'restaurants'. In Downtown Manchester there's even a local authority street sign directing passers by to 'Macdonald's Restaurant' as if the damn thing was a civic amenity.
DC
me>> * steak: a piece of dead ox, cooked.
Why not cow?

It need not be a female ox. Could be a piece of dead cow. Could be a piece of dead bull.

Steve
http://steve-and-pattie.com/esperantujo/vocab.html#comp
* steak: a piece of dead ox, cooked.

Why not cow?

You want to steer clear of bull?
Mike.
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Just a few general comments... People who work in the ... the presence of bread and meat on the same plate.

MCDonalds call their burgers 'sandwiches' but then they also call their eateries 'restaurants'.

I thought they called them "stores", which they're clearly not. It follows that we should give their practice of calling hamburgers sandwiches no weight.

Steny '08!
Django Cat filted: Actually, they call them "stores"...in any event, the relevance to sandwichness is hazy at best..r

I suspect this is pondial; in the UK they make a big point of calling them 'restaurants'. In Downtown Manchester there's even a local authority street sign directing passers by to 'Macdonald's Restaurant' as if the damn thing was a civic amenity.

I really fail to see any problem with McDs labeling themselves "restaurants" or customers using that term. If you go to a place to get food to eat, and you can sit down when you eat it, "restaurant" is as good a term as any. I do see a difference between a restaurant and a stand where food is served but no seating is provided.
Tony Cooper filted:
I really fail to see any problem with McDs labeling themselves "restaurants" or customers using that term. If you go ... I do see a difference between a restaurant and a stand where food is served but no seating is provided.

The definition of "restaurant" hinges on posture?...r
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I really fail to see any problem with McDs labeling themselves "restaurants" or customers using that term. If you go ... I do see a difference between a restaurant and a stand where food is served but no seating is provided.

I think a McDonald's is a "fast-food restaurant" but not a restaurant proper, which is a sit-down restaurant.

Steny '08!
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