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1366412.  Thu Nov 26, 2020 11:21 am Reply with quote

Sausages were banned by the Roman Emperor Constantine, allegedly for their resemblance to penises.

1366413.  Thu Nov 26, 2020 11:22 am Reply with quote

It's not the only tangle with the Church that sausages have had, as it was a group of proti-Protestants eating sausages during Lent in 1522 who founded the Reform Prostestant movement.

1366418.  Thu Nov 26, 2020 11:52 am Reply with quote

Some sausage related Qi's I've written in the past:

More bangers for your bang?
Why did the French think the Germans were savages?

Also, originally the word for what we now call sausages was pudding. This probably came from the Old French word "boudin", which itself came from old German "bod", meaning swollen.

To this day some traditional sausages are still called pudding.

When sweet puddings became more popular the word sausage was added to describe savoury puddings, coming from the Latin "salsicus" (seasoned with salt) through Old French and then to English.

The word Pudding was eventually dropped and Sausage stayed as the word to mean savoury puddings.

1366442.  Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:33 pm Reply with quote

See also Le Boudin, traditional song of the Foreign Legion.

Alexander Howard
1366601.  Sat Nov 28, 2020 7:13 am Reply with quote

When all else fails on QI, turn to Pliny the Elder or to Hungary:

Alexander Howard
1366605.  Sat Nov 28, 2020 7:25 am Reply with quote

I have finally tracked down my favourite sausage story. It is one man's obsession with finding the origin of the American Frankfurter and discovering it was from neither Frankfurt, nor was the Wiener from Vienna.

In a quest travelling far and wide across Germany in the 1980s, dodging the Stasi, he found that the hot dog is actually a Halberstädter Würstchen.

The brief summary I found in the Independent from 1990:


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