June 24, 2006
“Coney Island Bloodhounds” (hot dogs) & “A Midget from Harlem” (small chocolate soda)
Soda jerk slang in New York City (1900-1940) contained some regional terms. "Coney Island bloodhounds" were hot dogs. A "midget from Harlem" was a small chocolate soda.
The slang is no longer used and is of historical interest today.
1 March 1936, New York Times, "Lexicon of the Soda Jerker" by Helen Dallis, pg. X10:
More of the geographical influence finds expression in "a midget from Harlem," which is a small chocolate soda, and "Coney Island bloodhounds" for frankfurters.
Posted by Barry Popik
Saturday, June 24, 2006