Even Further Antedating of "Hot Dog"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue May 3 12:30:49 UTC 2011

A gash, a dash, and a splash -- they really knew how to write under
deadline in the old days.


At 5/2/2011 10:31 PM, Shapiro, Fred wrote:
>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
>Yale Book of Quotations (Yale University Press)
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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