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    What is the cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, etc. in a sandwich called collectively? For example, I know that mushrooms, cheese, peperoni on a pizza are called toppings.

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    Default Re: Toppings

    Fillings.

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    Default Re: Toppings

    They would be toppings in AmE.

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    Default Re: Toppings

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    They would be toppings in AmE.
    Even when they are between two sices of bread?
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    Default Re: Toppings

    In BrE, a topping would not be covered by a second slice of bread- a filling would.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Even when they are between two sices of bread?
    Yes. They're on top of the ham or hamburger or tuna salad or Italian meats or whatever the "meat" of the sandwich I'm buying is.

    "Fillings" might be used with something totally enclosed, like a calzone. Even then, it wouldn't be weird to call them "toppings," since they are essentially the same choices as the toppings for a pizza. And you would normally buy a calzone from a pizza place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Yes. They're on top of the ham or hamburger or tuna salad or Italian meats or whatever the "meat" of the sandwich I'm buying is.
    Interesting idea. When I buy a BLT (Bacon, lettuce and tomato), I consider that there are three things in the sandwich, not bacon plus a topping. How about a cheese and tomato sandwich. Which is the topping now?
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    Default Re: Toppings

    It would appear to be another of those differences between the variants.

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    Default Re: Toppings

    IMO, we do not say "filling" for sandwiches because "filling" is what goes in pies. And by pies, I mean fruit pies, not some weird meat-filled thing.

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    Default Re: Toppings

    There's also condiments, but those are typically just sauces, like ketchup, mustard, or mayo.

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