Friday, March 2, 2012

Common Mistake: HOTDOG

I had a debate with a French guy about “hotdog”. He said that it is wrong to say that the red roll alone as hotdog. What we are used to call “hotdog” is “sausage” (type of sausage).

So what is the term "hotdog" refers to?

According to the following:

A hot dog is a sausage served in a sliced bun. It is very often garnished with mustard, ketchup, onions, mayonnaise, relish and/or sauerkraut.

hot dog  (n): FRANKFURTER; especially : a frankfurter heated and served in a long split roll.

hot dog (hot dogs  plural) A hot dog is a long bread roll with a hot sausage inside it.

Hmmm… so what is a frankfurter?

The word frankfurter comes from Frankfurt, Germany, where pork sausages served in a bun similar to hot dogs originated.

frankfurter  n  a light brown smoked sausage, made of finely minced pork or beef, often served in a bread roll 

Moreover, when you google image search the "hotdog", results are images of a red sausage in a bun. When you go to America or Europe and ask for hotdog on stick, you’d probably get a red sausage in a bun garnished with mustard with stick. In addition, ordering “hotdog sandwich” is also an epic wrong English as well, obviously. Hotdog itself is a type of sandwich. It is just like saying “ATM machine” which is equivalent to “Automatic Teller Machine machine”.


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