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hot dog

Posted: Tue Jun 01, 2004 9:08 am
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How did the hot dog get it's name? WE are from washington state it's snowing.
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hot dog

Posted: Tue Jun 01, 2004 9:22 am
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The Facts on File Encyclopedia of Phrase and Word Origins:

According to concessionaire Harry Stevens, who first served grilled franks on a split roll in about 1900, the franks were dubbed hot dogs by that prolific word inventor sports cartoonist T.A. Dorgan after he sampled them. “TAD” possibly had in mind the fact that many people believed frankfurters were made from dog meat at the time, and no doubt heard Stevens’ vendors crying out “Get your red hots!” on cold days. Dorgan even drew the hot dog as a dachshund on a roll, leading the indignant Coney Island Chamber of Commerce to ban the use of the term “hot dog” by concessionaires there (they could be called only “Coney Islands, red hots, and frankfurters”). “Hot dog!” became an ejaculation of approval by 1906, one that is still heard occasionally; “hot diggity dog!” was invented during the Roaring Twenties. Dorgan at least popularized the term “hot dog,” which may have been around since the late 1880s.

Ken G - March 16, 2002
Reply from Ken Greenwald (Fort Collins, CO - U.S.A.)