New Earliest Known Occurrence of the Term "Hot Dog"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Jan 20 15:56:25 UTC 2013

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 (Knoxville [Tennessee] Journal) and May 1893 (New York World, reporting from Asbury Park, New Jersey).  I then found a May 1893 citation from the New Brunswick (New Jersey) Daily Times, followed by a December 1892 citation from the Paterson, New Jersey Daily Press.  Now I have found "hot dog" in 1891, restoring priority to Tennessee:


Two Men Who Mistreated the "Hot Dog" Vendor.

  Pat King and W. T. Brooks were arrested last night by Officers Russell and Howington for disorderly and offensive conduct.  They were, it is claimed, worrying and cursing one of the little negro "weiner-wurst" boys and became so boisterous that their arrest became necessary.

[Nashville (Tennessee) Daily American, Feb. 9, 1891, page 5 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)]

Fred Shapiro
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