BONUS: Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich?
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JOHN McWHORTER: You know, it’s interesting, the little things that would make you stand out in certain places and in certain times. And it’s one thing to have Philadelphia vowels and thinking about this got me thinking about New York, as one does, and the sorts of things that might have made you stand out in, say, 1930 if you didn’t say them the way everybody else did. For example, this is 1929. Just take a listen to this song about what we would now call a hot dog. And I highly recommend that you watch this. The actor and singer, his name is Harry Rose, and I won’t say why but I guarantee you that if after you listen to this you go watch this, you will have a good time. But listen to this song about the Frankfurter sandwich.
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