"Hot Dog" (1893, 1897); Hamburgers & Trilby Sandwich

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Mar 8 16:55:48 UTC 2007

>Yes, and if it is accurate it can, through the powerful magic of
>Public Relations, be transformed into a money-making claim that the
>hot dog was invented in Knoxville.
>   Hmm.....
>   Hmmm....
>   JL

I can see it now--the Knoxville Dawgs (with their frisky hot dog
mascot) facing off against the Nashville Kats, an Arena Football
League team presumably named for the Nashville Cats of Lovin'
Spoonful fame--

Nashville cats, play clean as country water
Nashville cats, play wild as mountain dew
Nashville cats, been playin' since they's babies
Nashville cats, get work before they're two
Well, there's 16,821 mothers from Nashville
All their friends play music, and they ain't uptight
If one of the kids will
Because it's custom made for any mother's son
To be a guitar picker in Nashville,
And I sure am glad I got a chance to say
A word about the music and the mothers from Nashville

--And yes, it actually does scan when sung.
Unfortunately, they've had to lower the flags here to half-staff;
we'd just come to accept the loss of primacy for Louis' hamburgers
and Pepe's pizza, and now we have to give up the Yale Record's
antedate for the hot dog.  Gloom abounds in New Haven.


>"Cohen, Gerald Leonard" <gcohen at UMR.EDU> wrote:
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>Subject: Re: "Hot Dog" (1893, 1897); Hamburgers & Trilby Sandwich
>"Hot dog" from 1893? In Tennessee? Let's check the hard copy of the =
>newspaper first to be sure that the date is correct. If the 1893 date =
>pans out, this would be an important antedating. And since Barry traced =
>"hot dog" (hot sausage in a bun) back to 1895 (with an indication of its =
>origin in 1894) at Yale, the question arises: What is the earlier =
>attestation doing in a Tennessee newspaper?
>In any case, great work, Barry.
>Gerald Cohen
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>Sent: Thu 3/8/2007 12:06 AM
>Subject: "Hot Dog" (1893, 1897); Hamburgers & Trilby Sandwich
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>28 September 1893, Knoxville (TN) Journal, "The (They?--ed.) =
>Overcoats," pg. 5:
>It was so cool last night that the appearance of overcoats was common, =
>stoves and grates were again brought into comfortable use. Even the=20
>weinerwurst men began preparing to get the "hot dogs" ready for sale =
>Saturday night.
>11 April 1897, Kansas City (MO) Star, pg. 2:
>_What Trilby Sandwiches, "Hot Dogs" and_
>_"High Balls" Are._
>Kansas City, Mo., April 9, 1897.--To the Star: What is a "Trilby =
>What does a young man mean when he says to his friend, "Let's go get a =
>dog?" What is a "high ball?" ANXIOUS MOTHER
>A "hot dog" is a sliced bun and wienerwurst. The origin of the term goes =
>back to the current facetiousness of university towns.
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