Sausage juice

(this posting descends fairy rapidly to discussions of the male genitals, and of man-man sex, in street language, so it’s not for kids or the sexually modest)

From Michael Palmer on Facebook yesterday, this memic marriage of image — smiling man holding a small can of vienna sausage (tipped to suggest he’s about to drink from it — and text — snarkiness about sausage juice:

(#1) As with so much memic material, the ultimate sources of the image, of the text, and of their conjunction are all unknown

From NOAD:

compound noun Vienna sausage [AZ: sometimes vienna sausage]: a small frankfurter made of pork, beef, or veal.

Now: some notes on the disgust factor here; and then on the compound noun sausage juice ‘semen’ (based on viewing sausages — and all sorts of Würste — as phallic symbols, leading to sausage as slang for ‘penis, dick’); and on to the attested compound sausage jockey ‘male homosexual’ (imagined demurral: “No chicks for me, dude, I’m a sausage jockey”) and the entertaining potential compound sausage jockey ‘man who enjoys the rider role in Cowboy-position anal sex’.

Disgust. Very briefly, why is sausage juice from a can of sausages so icky, while pickle juice is not? My instinctive judgments are very clear here, but I don’t at the moment understand their basis.

Moving on: whether cum is viewed as disgusting — as a bodily excretion like urine — or delightful — as the powerful essence of manhood — depends very much on the sociocultural context. As a gay man who finds sucking off another man, or even the fantasy of doing so, immensely pleasurable, I’m staunchly in the delightful-cum camp, though I note that the usual taste qualities of cum — solid saltiness with an iodine tang, so it’s like thick, warm seawater — can be wrecked in bitterness by substances a guy has been ingesting one way or another (by smoking, or drinking dark varieties of liquor, like whiskeys and rums, or eating some meats).

(There’s some literature on how a diet of certain fruits and vegetables can produce especially sweet-tasting cum; hey, if you’re an enthusiastic consumer of the stuff, or an enthusiastic contributor of it to other men, these are serious considerations.)

The compound noun sausage juice ‘semen, cum’. I’ll work up to this by noting, first, that sausages of all kinds, and hot dogs / wieners / frankfurters, are standard-issue phallic symbols (see the Page on this blog on Phallicity: The wurst), then which makes pretty much any word for a Wurst available as slang for ‘penis, dick’.

In particular, from GDoS:

noun sausage: … 3. the penis [1653 translation of Rabelais in which a character refers to my lusty andouille [sausage]; then 1st cite with the actual word sausage in 1700; 2 entertaining cites from the other 5 provided: from American writer Gary A. Fine in With the Boys (1987), Boys may say to their, rivals, and enemies […] ‘suck my summer sausage’; from Scottish writer Ian Rankin in Strip Jack (1992), And he was doing everything short of whipping his sausage out and slapping it on her desk.] [and note the playful slang (cf. spank the monkey) slap the sausage ‘masturbate’, with a 2002 cite]

Meanwhile, among the enormous number of nouns juice in English are those referring figuratively to specific bodily fluids: GDoS has cites for ‘blood’, for ‘vomit’, for ‘sweat’, and, most notably, for ‘vaginal fluid’ (with the fuller variant cunt juice) or ‘semen’ (with the fuller variant cock juice). GDoS’s first cite for seminal juice (c. 1663) is from the famously licentious letters of Lord Rochester (John Withnot, Earl of Rochester); with a recommendation to a lady that she enjoy not only the juice of grapes (that is, wine), but also The Juice of Lusty Men!

Put these two observations together, and it would seem that the compound noun sausage juice ‘semen, cum’ would be inevitable; certainly, it would be immediately understood. But it happens not to be attested in GDoS (or the OED), presumably because the compound was assumed to be entirely transparent (the compound sausage juice in #1 isn’t in the OED, either) and therefore not appropriate for inclusion in a dictionary.

So much for seminal sausage juice. But while I was trying to find sausage juice in GDoS, I chanced upon the wonderful compound noun sausage jockey. Two of them, in fact.

The compound nouns sausage jockeyGDoS tells us that sausage jockey is attested as US slang for ‘male homosexual’ (from at least 1989; British cite, from Minette Walters, The Echo (London, 1997): ‘Course we didn’t share a sodding bed. I’m no pillow biter, and he’s no sausage jockey.) and as NZ slang for a woman who prefers the superior position in heterosexual intercourse. (Taking a cue from the NZ usage, it would clearly be a nice bit of slang for a man who enjoys the rider role in Cowboy-position anal sex. Ride the wild sausage, dude!)

As here, from an earlier posting of mine of sexual positions for gay men, in a photo that captures some of the emotional power of this position, in which the two men face one another, so that they can monitor each other’s responses:

(#2) If you like to get fucked — as I did, enthusiastically but far from submissively, when I was sexually active, back in the last century — this is also physically easy, almost delicate (comparable in this respect to side-by-side fucking); and you get most of the control over the act

Let’s hear it for the sausage jockeys!


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