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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.

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Obligatory link. – RegDwigнt Apr 27 '11 at 17:32
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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".

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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
@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

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