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    GeneD is offline Senior Member
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    Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog

    There is a final song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHhheCf0G1I) in the Mickey Mouse cartoon which I don't quite understand. To be precise, it's the word "hot dog" that causes the trouble. Why "hot dog"? Does it have some other meaning except this one: http://www.macmillandictionary.com/d...itish/hot-dog? And does "diggety" mean something? Or is it something like "pa-pa-pa" or "ta-ta-ta" (that is, meaningless sounds sometimes used in songs in order to get into the rhythm)?
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    Re: Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog

    It's getting clearer, I think. I didn't know the idiom "hot diggety" and this meaning of "hot dog": https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/Hot+diggety!

    This expression sounds a little childish to me, I don't know why. Do adults say this (or yell it )? Say, when their football team has won, or maybe in other cases...
    Last edited by GeneD; 16-Oct-2017 at 10:21. Reason: added a question
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    Re: Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog

    I don't use it- it sounds a bit twee to me.

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    Re: Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog

    I've found a nice song - "Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)" performed by Perry Como (https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/perr...ggityboom.html) - and I think I won't forget the idiom from now on.

    Could you explain why it sounds twee to you?
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    Re: Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog

    It's an expression that had a vogue a long time ago. Now it sounds like something nobody has said for a very long time.
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    Re: Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog

    "had a vogue" is clearly OK in AmE but it doesn't work in BrE. We would say that the expression was "in vogue".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog

    I would say "was in vogue," too.

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    Re: Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog

    Had a vogue may be my own invention. In vogue is natural.
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    Re: Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog

    Quote Originally Posted by GeneD View Post
    Could you explain why it sounds twee to you?
    GoesStation is right- it sounds dated.

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