Which is the proper diminutive word for sandwich: 'sarnie' or 'sarmie'?

Following an impassioned letter in the Cape Times titled ‘Get snack facts right’, where the writer argues that the appropriate word for a sandwich is ‘sarnie’ and not ‘sarmie’.

To find the correct form, CapeTalk’s John Maytham spoke to Jill Wolvaardt, Director Dictionary Unit for SA English at Rhodes University.

According to Wolvaardt, 'sarnie' is a slang abbreviation for sandwich which is commonly used in the UK.

I was taken aback when I first came here, I thought how can it be called ‘sarmie’ when we talking about a sandwich, it’s very firmly ‘sarmie’ in South Africa.

Jill Wolvaardt, Director Dictionary Unit for SA English at Rhodes University

Listen to the full conversation on The John Maytham Show:


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