For instance, a vendor who is crying in the street "red hot! red hot!". Does it mean a chili pepper? The action takes place in New Orleans.

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    Unless you're reading this in a book, you should just walk up to them and ask. – RegDwigнt Nov 4 '14 at 10:28
  • Is the vendor saying "red hot," or "red hots?" The latter is more likely... – James McLeod Nov 4 '14 at 11:13

A "red-hot" is any of several varieties of mild sausages known also as "hot dogs" or "frankfurters". See the Wikipedia disambiguation page for more information, and see here for a personal memoir (including the disappointment that what are sold as "red hots" were often ordinary hot dogs, and not their reddish and spicier cousins).

  • [citation needed] – Motti Nov 4 '14 at 10:30
  • @Motti -- appropriate citation added. – Malvolio Nov 4 '14 at 10:39
  • And if the link rots? – Mari-Lou A Nov 4 '14 at 10:39
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    Look on my Works, @Mari-LouA, and despair. – Malvolio Nov 4 '14 at 10:48

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