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    hot dog

    Hi there


    I was reading a novel and there's a sentence went like this:
    "Did age bring its own brand of metamorphosis, from hot dog to curmudgeonly, heavy, slobbery old dog?"


    I was wondering the "hot dog" in the sentence above was really the food we knew, and the author was just playing games with words.
    Or "hot dog" has another meaning other than the a frankfurter served hot on a bun?

    Thanks.

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    Re: hot dog

    Quote Originally Posted by odilonredon View Post
    Hi there


    I was reading a novel and there's a sentence that went like this:
    "Did age bring its own brand of metamorphosis, from hot dog to curmudgeonly, heavy, slobbery old dog?"


    I was wondering if the "hot dog" in the sentence above was really the food we know, and the author was just playing games with words.
    Or "hot dog" has another meaning other than the a frankfurter served hot on a bun?
    The "hot dog" in that sentence is a person. A "hot dog" is a person who brings attention to himself by, well, doing things that bring attention to himself in ways that make people laugh or smile. In my experience it is especially connected to sports figures -- athletes who are colorful.



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    Re: hot dog

    I realise I might be out of touch with "youth" vernacular, but I have never heard that phrase used in BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: hot dog

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I realise I might be out of touch with "youth" vernacular, but I have never heard that phrase used in BrE.
    "Hot dog" as in a show-off isn't really youthful vernacular; I suspect it's more common in or perhaps exclusive to AmE, since hot dog as in frankfurter is more of an American food. (Somehow "He's a real sausage roll on the ski slopes" doesn't have the same ring to it. )

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    Re: hot dog

    Quote Originally Posted by Jill Dorchester View Post
    I suspect it's more common in or perhaps exclusive to AmE,
    Yes, the dictionary entry describing "hot dog" lists it (in parentheses) as "US", noting by that that it is an American usage.


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    Re: hot dog

    Quote Originally Posted by Jill Dorchester View Post
    (Somehow "He's a real sausage roll on the ski slopes" doesn't have the same ring to it. )
    And would almost certainly be a double entendre.

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