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In Vic: 2 slices of bread is called "1 Sandwich". In Qld: 2 slices of bread (cut twice, diagonally) is called "4 Sandwiches"!: A Queenslander visiting Victoria and asking for 2 slices of bread ("4 Sandwiches") will be served 8 slices of bread!

Contributor's comments: In Western Australia one would always order a Round of Ham & Tomato or whatever.

Contributor's comments: In Tasmania, like Qld, 2 slices of bread put together and sliced [twice] diagonally gives 4 sandwiches. In Canberra, when asking for 12 sandwiches (expecting 6 slices) my parents were surprised that it took considerable time to prepare, and then they received 24 slices!

Contributor's comments: In NSW a sandwich is either "two slices of bread" with a filling or spread (irrespective of how many times, and at what angles, you cut it), or, merely "one slice of bread" with filling or spread doubled over (generally diagonally). We have no term for a section of a sandwich after cutting.

Contributor's comments: I am from QLD and was surprised to read that people would actually say "4 sandwiches" expecting two slices of bread cut into four bits. In my experience, if you order a sandwich, it's cut, but it's the two slices of bread that make one sandwich. Two sandwiches = four slices of bread. The only time I think that the smaller divisions of the bigger sandwich get labelled as a "sandwich" is when they're all separated, maybe on a big plate of little sandwiches- then you could say "I ate 4 sandwiches" even if it only totals up to 1 slice of bread.

Contributor's comments: My experience of sandwich has always been two slices of bread with a filling of choice. Later in my life I've heard the term 'open sandwich' used for a single slice of bread with topping of your choice. As a child, an 'open sandwich', predominantly cheese, which was grilled would be called 'grilled cheese on toast' but more recently with the advent of 'cafe cultures' they've become 'doorstops', usually thick, roughly cut slices of bread with grilled cheese, tomato, ham, olives, etc., and more recently Adelaide cafe's have been selling 'bruchetta' [spelling?] which is similar but made from a specific bread or roll and ideally is drizzled with olive oil and of course America's contribution to the sandwich though usually presented on/in a 'frenchstick' (a long, narrow bread roll) is the 'sub'.