some early "hot dog" cites

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Aug 31 19:34:23 UTC 2005

At 11:26 AM -0500 8/31/05, Mullins, Bill wrote:
>I can't find that any of these have been in ADS-L before.  They aren't
>antedatings, just early.
>Massachusetts | Fitchburg | The Fitchburg Sentinel | 1898-08-08 p. 2 col
>"-A West Fitchburg blacksmith was down town, Saturday afternoon, and
>left his horse standing on Oliver street, while he visited a lunch wagon
>for a hot dog."
>Ohio | Delphos | The Daily Herald | 1898-03-19 p. 4 col 5.
>"A hot dog fight occurred on First street, this afternoon, near the
>canal bridge."  [maybe this one refers to two dogs, which were hot,
>fighting each other, but since this is still winter, I don't think so.]
>Georgia | Atlanta | The Atlanta Constitution | 1902-05-25 [from page 2
>col 5 of "The Sunny South" insert in the Atl Constitution.]
>  "Far should it be from any accurate chronicler to charge the 'varsity
>man with being, like Ichabod Crane, a "huge trencherman," yet he is said
>to have been discovered purchasing certain savory sausage sandwiches
>between meals from a dusky vendor who conveys them about the Classic
>City, and who, under the tutelage of 'varsity men, hilariously arid
>persistently advertises them as "hot dog." "

Notice that this last one implies that even as (comparatively) late
as 1902 and this far away from the Ivies, "hot dog" is still
sometimes linked to college ("varsity") slang.


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