narfiknarfik (narfiknarfik) wrote in linguaphiles,

What is the proper linguistics name for phrases like "hot dogs": non-compositional collocations the meaning of which is very different from the meaning of its parts?
For example, "hot dogs" has nothing to do with dogs.

I remember as during the first years of perestroika everything American was popular in my country even if we did not know what it really means, my father started fast-food business in our native Tver, butchering dogs and making wonderful sausages from their meat. But after three years of very successful and respected business he discovered that "hot dogs" are not made of dogs indeed and he recognized that his business was ethically unacceptable. He sold his business to his brother and became a monk to pray about evil mistakes he made.

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