[Ads-l] Square-Bracket Antedating of "Hot Dog"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Apr 10 01:22:54 UTC 2023

I don't know that the OED would consider this to be an antedating of "hot dog," since it probably was not referring to a sausage and was probably more literally dog meat than in later usage.  If they used the citation, it would presumably be in square brackets.

hot dog (OED 1884)

1871 _Daily Bristol_ (England) _Times and Mirror_ 19 July 3/3 (Newspapers.com)

"Yonder," he said, pointing to a dilapidated winehouse [in Paris], the red walls of which looked as if they had been painted with the lees of cask, "they used to sell hot dog at a franc a portion."  He did not seem to object to the meat, but he evidently thought the price high.

Fred Shapiro

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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