"hot corn"

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Thu Jan 3 02:37:09 UTC 2008

Not in HDAS, and not perfectly clear why it should mean what it seems to mean:

        Some were so uncharitable as to say "I hope in God both may get their hot corn."
        New York Herald, August 28, 1841, p. 2, col. 1  [referring to a duel between August Belmont and a gentleman from South Carolina]

Hot corn was sold from buckets on the streets, then, and was regarded as a summertime treat, at least for the lower orders.


George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much lately.

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