After beer and bread, the most important staple in the German diet is sausage.
Germans call it Wurst. It’s pronounced vurst.
In honor of the wonderful German tradition of Oktoberfest (yes, I know it’s still September…I’ll explain later), I thought we’d spend a few minutes chatting about the Wurst.
Germans serve up over 1500 kinds of sausage. The most popular variety is the curry wurst. Every year, Germans eat 800 million. There isn’t a German menu out there that doesn’t include sausage in some form or another.
With wurst being such an important part of the German lifestyle, it’s pretty much a given that sausages will have made their way into the culture’s expressions and sayings. I challenge you to sneak one of these into your next conversation:
Six Sausage Sayings
1. Das ist mir Wurst – That’s sausage to me (It’s all the same to me/I don’t care).
2. Jetzt geht’s um die Wurst – Now it’s about the sausage (It’s now or never/crunch time).
3. Wurst wider Wurst – Tit for Tat.
4. Herumwursteln – Sausaging around (Messing around).
5. Spiel nicht die beleidigte Leberwurst – Don’t play the sore liver sausage (Don’t be such a whiner/sourpuss).
6. Alles hat ein Ende nur die Wurst hat zwei – Everything has an end; only the sausage has two.
So there you have it. Six sausage sayings. Just what you always wanted. Now you can tell your kids, “Don’t play the sore liver sausage” or “Stop sausaging around” and they’ll have no idea what you’re talking about (they never do anyway, right?).
Now to reveal the reason why I’m talking about Oktoberfest in September…
The tradition began in 1810 with the wedding of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria. To celebrate his nuptials, he threw a big bash near Munich. Germans have continued the tradition every year since. They start drinking beer on a Saturday in September and don’t stop until 16-18 days later on the first Sunday in October.
I guess calling the biggest beer-drinking party in the world Septemberfest just wouldn’t sound as cool. Oh well, das ist mir Wurst.
It’s all sausage to me.