||Is my face red? You better believe it! The number 8
in the Everything I Know section has been sitting there with a big fat spelling mistake! The official Pigdump dictionary is the
1986 Little Oxford, and I could not find the word "wiener" (or "weiner" for that matter) on any of the pages.
Lucky for me, Pigdump has a solid, well-read fan base, and one such fan has written in to help me get the damn thing right! So if you'll allow a one-day
departure from the standard original TQC, here's a letter from someone who signs his name Gorsht:
In the spirit of acknowledging the Things Trish Knows, I might be able to help a bit with the "etymology" of the word wiener. It is a German qualifier.
Given the vast number of sausage types in that part of the world, they, like the Eskimos did for 'snow,' needed more description to make the language adequate to the task of conveying meaning.
Examples of this include the following:
- Bratwurst: The sausage ("wurst") made from the flesh and offal of
disobedient children. It is believed that an early name for this type of
sausage was the "Hanselundgretelwurst"
- Knackwurst: This was an import from the small Polish village of
Mysharona. The village itself actually was famed for producing dozens of
varieties of wurst, but this was the only one that really caught on...
- Bierwurst: This should require little explanation, but it is worth
noting that this is the least recommended type for Oktoberfest feasts,
mainly due to the already extant perils of mixing beer, sauerkraut and
- And finally, the Wiener: a contraction of Wienerwurst, which is not, as
one might expect, a sausage made of some poor bastard's sausage, but rather
one that was popular in Vienna (in German, "Wien.") The same structure may
be observed in the words "Hamburger," "Frankfurter" and "Berliner," a fact
that JFK was obviously not apprised of when he made a complete ass of
himself that time.
Tomorrow: One toke over the line.