Why is a hotdog called the hotdog?

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Based on Wikipedia, the hot part of hot dog was because a sausage vendor decided to put the sausage on a roll to keep people from burning their hands. Dog is in the name because sausage makers used dog meat.

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The term was current at Yale in the fall of 1894, when "dog wagons" sold hot dogs at the dorms. The name most likely began as a joke about the Germans' small, long, thin dogs. In fact, even Germans called the frankfurter a "little-dog" thus linking the word "dog" to their popular concoction.

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