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Is Calling a Hamburger a “Hamburg” an Impeachable Offense?

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A lot of Pennsylvanians weren’t happy with Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision on Wednesday to shut down bars and reduce seating capacity at restaurants.

As much of a bummer as that was, something happened during his press conference where it was announced that’s even more unsettling.

Tom Wolf Calls a Hamburger a “Hamburg”

Tom Wolf calls a hamburger a “hamburg”.

Yeah, a hamburg.

When he tried to explain how it’s apparently safer to order food with a beer at a bar than it is to just order a beer, he said the following: “If you have a place where you can go get a hamburg with a beer, that’s fine. But if you’re just a dive bar or a nightclub and all you do is serve drinks, that’s not gonna work.”

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OK, so try to ignore the scatterbrained logic that goes into coming up with such a policy that says food and beer is safe but just beer puts the entire state at risk of contracting COVID-19.

Focus on the hamburg.

Who says this? And can Tom Wolf be impeached for saying it?

Certainly, an argument can be made for it. It’s bad enough we’re forced to live with this Governor for a few more years. Now it’s even more difficult because we know he talks like this.

Who Calls a Hamburger a Hamburg?

The short answer to who calls a hamburger a hamburg is this: Almost no one.

It’s un-Pennsylvanian and frankly, it’s un-American.

We searched for several days on the internet and found very little on the topic.

In this discussion on the topic at (in which many people are puzzled by its use), we learned that some people in Japan refer to a hamburger as a hamburg. But there, hamburg is only used to refer to the uncooked meat patty, not the finished, cooked product on a bun.

Over at Reddit, a thread from 9 years ago tackled this very important topic.

One person says, “Where I’m from people say ‘hamburger’ to refer to beef on a bun and ‘hamburg’ to refer to ground beef alone.”

Another user says they’ve heard it in New England.

But the best case we’ve found for people using “hamburg” instead of hamburger is in Canada.

One user says, “I live in Niagara Falls, Canada. People do this CONSTANTLY.”

“Canada. ‘Nuff said,” someone smartly replied.

Impeaching Tom Wolf

So one lone Reddit user in Canada says they hear people saying “hamburg” to mean burgers “all the time” and our Governor thinks it’s fine to drop it in a press conference? Outlandish, really.

Legislation to impeach Tom Wolf is stuck in committee in Harrisburg right now. Perhaps this is the fodder they need to get the ball rolling on that.


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  1. Edward B. Connolly

    July 18, 2020 at 11:11 pm

    Reminds me of JFK, may he rest in peace.
    He was giving a rousing speech in Berlin and, arriving at the final sentence, he said, with rhetorical flourish: “Ich bin ein Berliner.” He thought he was saying, “I am a Berliner”, meaning “I am a citizen of Berlin”. But that’s not what the words conveyed.
    The words, taken quite literally, meant, “I am a hamburger”. (“Ein Berliner” is German idiom for “a hamburger”.) He should have said, “Ich bin Berliner” —— without the “ein”.
    As I recall, he was not impeached, but his speech writer probably got a rap on the knuckles.

    • Susan McDermot

      June 18, 2023 at 5:55 pm

      a berliner is a jelly doughnut and the Germans would know exactly what he meant. Context clues….

  2. David Catherman

    July 19, 2020 at 1:22 am

    All Concerned

    Possibly wolf had a Freudian Slip when he recently stated Hamburg. Hmmm, let’s see, Hamburg, or Hamburg Germany once the land of the evil Third Reich. Third Reich unyielding authority, lies, propaganda and the pursuit to crush any opposition. The more that wolf Runs his Pie hole, the more (we the people) realize that he is committing malfeasance.

    Thanks (just my assessment),

    David W. Catherman, MAJ (Retired)

    • Canary Commenter

      July 19, 2020 at 1:44 am

      We just figured it was a sure sign of how much of a pretentious fop he is. Totally out-of-touch.

  3. wulv

    July 19, 2020 at 4:44 am

    Y’all need to come south of the peanut the Hamburg- ER festival..they all say Hamburg just like y’all say…SKOOK…LOL…Hamburg….no cheese….😷

    • Canary Commenter

      July 19, 2020 at 10:28 am

      Oh, Hamburg is real cheesy.

  4. Tired of It

    July 19, 2020 at 7:38 am

    I wish all media outlets including the coal region canary would just post the news without political point if views. It’s getting old.

    • Canary Commenter

      July 19, 2020 at 10:29 am

      You wish for something that’s never happened. The media’s always been political. You just haven’t noticed. If you’re looking for a site that just copies and pastes press releases without giving context, we know of a site. Sorry, we’re not changing.

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