Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have scoured out dictionaries searching for the word wiener without success. As you can notice I am not a native speaker. I usually see the this phrase as a demeaning joke on animations when some character is lured to say one's name when actually it turns out as something stupid like "I'm a wiener" or "I. C. Wiener".

Can someone say where is the joke on it? Because it sounds to me like "winner", what is not a demeaning word, reather it comes as a comendation.

share|improve this question
    
Obligatory link. –  RegDwigнt Apr 27 '11 at 17:32
add comment

1 Answer

up vote 4 down vote accepted

I. C. Wiener = icy wiener, the latter literally "sausage" but slang for penis. (Of course "penis" itself is quite the euphemism treadmill over the years, with hundreds if not thousands of terms; even the word itself comes from a Latin euphemism, literally "tail".)

It's juvenile rather than demeaning as such. Note also the connection with "dick", which means both "penis" and "jerk, contemptible person".

share|improve this answer
1  
I will add that wiener comes from Wien (German for Vienna), so it is not related to winner. –  RegDwigнt Apr 27 '11 at 17:38
    
And what about the "I'm a winner" expression? What it means? Has it the same meaning? –  Claudio Junior Apr 27 '11 at 17:50
    
@Claudio Junior: I don't really hear people say that. I suppose if someone said "I'm a winner" I would think that they won some competition. –  Charles Apr 27 '11 at 17:52
    
Oh, I am sorry, I typed wrong. I saw written "I'm a wiener". This is my doubt. –  Claudio Junior Apr 27 '11 at 17:56
1  
@RegDwight and so probably a good job that JFK didn't give his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech in the Austrian capital. –  mgb Aug 3 '11 at 4:33
show 4 more comments

protected by tchrist Jan 12 '13 at 3:53

Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality answers, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site.

Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.