So what are the hot dog names of today—and which are trending up?
hot dog eaters do not avail themselves of the do-it-yourself fixings.
After leaving Federal Hall, I treated myself to a hot dog from a street vendor.
also hotdog, "sausage on a split roll," c.1890, popularized by cartoonist T.A. Dorgan. It is said to echo a 19c. suspicion (occasionally justified) that sausages contained dog meat. Meaning "someone particularly skilled or excellent" (with overtones of showing off) is from 1896. Connection between the two senses, if any, is unclear. Hot dog! as an exclamation of approval was in use by 1906.
: Walter is one of the good guys, not a hot dog (1966+)