Even Further Antedating of "Hot Dog"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 3 11:55:36 UTC 2011

Notable that the reporter thought the order "startling" and newsworthy; also
that this earliest-thus-far ex. shows both current senses: the frankfurter
on the roll and the frankfurter itself.


On Mon, May 2, 2011 at 10:31 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu>wrote:

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> I believe Barry Popik, as part of his magnificent researches into the
> history of food terms, has traced the term "hot dog" as far back as
> September 1893.  I previously found a May 1893 citation from a New
> Brunswick, New Jersey newspaper.  Here is an 1892 citation, also from a New
> Jersey newspaper:
> Somehow or other a frankfurter and a roll seem to go right to the spot
> where the void is felt the most.  The small boy has got on such familiar
> terms with this sort of lunch that he now refers to it as "hot dog."  "Hey,
> Mister, give me a hot dog quick," was the startling order that a
> rosy-cheeked gamin hurled at the man as a Press reporter stood close by last
> night.  The "hot dog" was quickly inserted in a gash in a roll, a dash of
> mustard also splashed on to the "dog" with a piece of flat whittled stick,
> and the order was fulfilled.
> Paterson (N.J.) Daily Press, Dec. 31, 1892, page 5, column 2 (Google News)
> Fred Shapiro
> Editor
> Yale Book of Quotations (Yale University Press)
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