Diagonal or straight? Turns out, your preference means a lot.

By Meghan Overdeep
March 24, 2019
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From whether or not we make our beds in the morning to the shape of our eyebrows, our personality traits reveal themselves in a number of unexpected ways. And, as it turns out, even the way we cut sandwiches—either straight, diagonal, or not at all—can be indicative of our personalities.   

Speaking with Kitchn, behavioral food expert and founder of Food-ology, Juliet A. Boghossian, explained the personality differences that can account for a person’s slicing style. And honestly, we’ll never look at a sandwich the same way again.

According to Boghossian, the straight-cutters of the world tend to have “practical, matter-of-fact personalities that focus on big picture, and care less about details or minutia,” she said. “To them a task is a task—complete it and move on, no emotional ties as their work is not viewed as their masterpiece but a rote project.”

She went on to explain that they “loathe gossip and appreciate the simplicity of their straightforward lives. Their house will resemble that of a minimalist,” and will have “only what they need.

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Meanwhile, Boghossian believes that people who prefer to cut their sandwiches diagonally are “aesthetic-inspired and detail-oriented personalities focused on the experience and making it their own. To them a task is an inspiring opportunity to give it their personal touch— to make their mark. They partake in gossip because they need to know why, figure things out, [and are] immersed in details.”

Boghossian added that people who identify as diagonal cutters, are also more likely to have homes with “every innovative gadget made to man, novelty items that inspired them, trendy accents, and more.”

Or, they could just be fans of the filling-to-bread ratio a diagonal cut affords. In 2009, NPR spoke to a design expert, who stated, “the diagonal cut exposes more of the interior of the sandwich, ‘and by exposing the interior, it engages more of your senses before you take the first bite.’”

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