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  •  Etymological Geekery (0+ / 0-)

    According to proper German pronunciation, the congressman's surname should be pronounced "WHY-ner," not "WEE-ner." The letters "ei" in German make the long "i" sound, while "ie" sounds like "ee." The surname Weiner indicates that someone's ancestors were in the business of making wine. Wiener, on the other hand, indicates that one's ancestors were from Vienna (Wien), which is also where a certain type of sausage originated, hence, the designation of hot dogs as "wieners"-- which, in turn, led to the use of that word to describe that which has a similar shape to a hot dog.

    Either way . . . this whole incident might shed some light on why Anthony Weiner has always pronounced his own surname improperly!

    28, chick, solid progressive, NY-14 currently, FL-22 native, went to school in IL-01.

    by The Caped Composer on Thu Jun 02, 2011 at 07:49:56 AM PDT

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