I am curious: where does the name "Hot-dog" come from? I was thinking about the food.

  • Are you asking about the name of the food, or about the adjective applied to people who are showing off - "He is a good skier, but he's a bit of a hot-dog and tries to show off to impress girls"
    – John Feltz
    Sep 3, 2018 at 12:31
  • My answer would just paraphrase Wiki. Under 'etymology' the suggestion is that it's related to where people suspected the meat might come from (and sometimes they guessed right).
    – S Conroy
    Sep 3, 2018 at 12:31
  • @JohnFeltz I was thinknig about the food
    – mattiav27
    Sep 3, 2018 at 12:37
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    As a reminder, Stack Exchange expects questions to demonstrate some initial effort at research. A simple web search, for example, should turn up reputable sources like this 2016 Smithsonian magazine article. If these are inadequate in some way, you should edit your post to explain why.
    – choster
    Sep 3, 2018 at 12:43
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    NHDSC then. The point is that the OP should still describe research even if it has been fruitless. The origin of the term hot dog is in considerable dispute.
    – choster
    Sep 3, 2018 at 12:53

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hot dog (n.) entymonline

also hotdog, "sausage on a split roll," c. 1890, American English, from hot (adj.) + dog (n.). Many early references are in college student publications; later popularized, but probably not coined, by cartoonist T.A. "Tad" Dorgan (1877-1929). It is said in early explanations to echo a suspicion (occasionally justified) that sausages contained dog meat.

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