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Via Oscar Mayer’s Weinermobile has a new name.

The iconic Weinermobile is no more.

The hot dog on wheels is going by a new name — Frankmobile.

Frankly, I prefer “Weinermobile.”

But, news some of your can use:

Now as Frankmobiles, any person named an iteration of Frank can stop by the hot dog on wheels and get a coupon for a free pack of Oscar Mayer beef hot dogs.

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  1. CSK says:

    Cute pun there, Dean T. I prefer “Weinermobile” too, but why did they feel moved to change it?

  2. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    Dang, now I’ve got their old commercial song stuck in my head… But sorry, “frank” just doesn’t seem to fit.

  3. CSK says:

    I always thought it was spelled “wiener.”

  4. Mister Bluster says:

    @CSK:..I always thought it was spelled “wiener.”
    Apparently not in Alabammer.

  5. Apparently, both spellings are correct.

  6. James Joyner says:

    @CSK: @Mister Bluster: @Steven L. Taylor: It’s named after Wien (the German/Austrian spelling of Vienna), so it stands to reason that wiener is correct. In German, “ie” is pronounced as a long E, while “ei” is pronounced as a long I, which seems backward but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  7. dazedandconfused says:


    The bad general rule given to children learning English is the first vowel does the talking. However in German the rule is the second vowel does the talking and it works pretty well.

    Both must be considered correct here…but not in Germany, I guess.

  8. Mister Bluster says:

    There is also weenie.
    I do remember that name for a hot dog when I was about 5 years old.

  9. Chip Daniels says:

    Cue Tucker Carlson and the rightwingosphere exploding with rage.

    No, I’m not kidding.

  10. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @James Joyner: Always I go back to my high school German: “wie” is “how” pronounced “vee”.