British call sausages “bangers” because sausages had a habit of bursting (banging) open while cooking

Bangers are the quintessential British breakfast sausage, forever immortalised by being half of the classic ‘Bangers & Mash” and they have become famous internationally as ‘bangers’. Bangers are not just one kind of sausage, the term bangers can refer to any British sausage and you will a variety of British sausages in the English breakfast depending on what part of the country you are in.

British sausages being called bangers seems to be a historical legacy, a colloquial term left over from war time when sausages sometimes exploded in the pan when you cooked them. We started calling sausages bangers sometime during the first World War, it was a slang name for a sausage at the time.

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