"American Taco"?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu May 3 14:20:16 UTC 2007

At 12:20 PM -0700 5/2/07, Rick Castello wrote:
>      I think of "hot dog" as a culinary dish the same way, but since
>      the vacuum-sealed packages in the packaged meat section of the
>      supermarket often bear the label "All-Beef Hot Dogs", with no
>      bun to be found for aisles and aisles around, I opted for greater
>      precision in this esteemed company.  *grin*
>      Thanks for replies regarding "common foods of a culture".
>      Being a fan of sci-fi programming, I'm reminded of a bit in the
>      futuristic space-drama TV show Babylon 5, where a character muses
>      that nearly every "alien" race has a dish analogous to Swedish
>      Meatballs...
>      -Rick

and an appetizer/snack analogous to
samosas/wontons/ravioli/kreplach/pierogi/potstickers, with the
appropriate alien dipping sauce?


>On Wed, May 2, 2007 8:13 am, Charles Doyle wrote:
>>  I know that Barry and others have touched on this point, but
>>Rick's phrase "hot dog
>>  on a bun" mementarily unsettled me. To me, "hot dog" is the name
>>of the sandwich
>>  itself, not the principal internal component--so I found myself
>>envisioning a
>>  sausage (I'd call it a wiener or weenie) inside a bun inside a
>>bun, a compound
>>  sandwich!
>>  Isoglosses have probably been identified for
>>  wiener/weenie/frankfurter/frank/hotdog, but I wonder if they are
>>current? Among
>>  20-year-olds in Georgia, notwithstanding the Oscar Meyer jingle,
>>the word "wiener"
>>  seems to be generally regarded as obscene, while "weenie" refers
>>only to a dorkish
>>  person.
>>  --Charlie
>>  _____________________________________________________________
>>  ---- Original message ----
>>>Date: Tue, 1 May 2007 22:07:37 -0700
>>>From: Rick Castello <rick at PUNK.NET>
>>>Subject: "American Taco"?
>>>      My wife just shared with me the term "American Taco", as used
>>>to describe a
>>>  hot dog on a bun.  Anyone else seen or heard this?
>>>      -Rick
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