Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Smoke Your Own

According to the Huffington Post, Cash Koszela of New Castle, Pennsylvania has been “smoking his own sausage for about 30 years.”

If, in reading that phrase, you thought
(a) wow, yet another euphemism for self-abuse,
(b) that pathetic son of a b****, or
(c) is that a Polish joke?
then you are definitely reading the right blog.

Lighter’s Historical Dictionary of American Slang never got past Volume II (H – O), so I can’t evaluate option (a). However, choking the chicken appears on page 396 of Volume I (A – G).

Pages 729 and 730 are of special interest to olfactologists: comprehensive entries for fart, including its first recorded literary use by Geoffrey Chaucer in 1386 (“This Nicholas anon let flee a fart”) and more recent coinages such as fart around (1931), fart face (1943) and fart-knocker (orig. 1952; Beavis & Butthead, 1993).

But I digress.

The Huffington Post goes on to quote New Castle’s Assistant Fire Chief as saying “This is definitely the best-smelling fire we’ve seen in a long time.”

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Olfacta said...

Chaucer came up with (or wrote down anyway) "fart"?

That's awesome!

Avery Gilbert said...


The beautiful thing is that Chaucer's passive voice phrasing lives on. When my kid was little, the driver's aide on her school bus was from the islands. One time a middle-schooler ripped a loud one--the aide turned around and said, in her lilting Caribbean accent, "Who let one loose?"

+ Q Perfume Blog said...

frankfurters? sausage dreams? fat smell is addictive... sausages...shape is addictive? sausages?????

Avery Gilbert said...

+Q Perfume:

Thank you for that remarkable Freudian reverie.

I don't think I'll touch it with a ten-foot pole.

Uh . . . oooops.