Monday, July 20, 2009


Okay, okay. I'm exhausted and broken and sort of wiped out from a very long (and lovely!) day at work. I scheduled poorly and ended up doing 17 zillion lessons in eight hours, and now I'm not totally sure I can explain what I learned today. But I'ma try, babies! Here we go...

M, 14 years old, comes for her lesson today. We're chatting, and somehow we get on the subject of tattoos. She talks about her cousin who's getting a tattoo behind her ear, and about how much she thinks this will hurt. I say that I can't really think of anywhere on a body that a tattoo wouldn't hurt, to which she replies...

Well, maybe it wouldn't hurt on the weenus!

I laugh, because, duh, "weenus." But then I stop and stare. Weenus? What the eff is a weenus??

My mind automatically travels back to the summer of 2000, and to the Arts Coop at Beloit College. I was hanging out there one summer night with several friends of mine, including one Mr. Andrew Feliciano. Andy, an obvious genius, was walking around being charming, as usual. He spotted this guy Gabe, who had a dog with him. I can't remember the dog's actual name, but Andy decided to call him "Weenus" for the rest of the night. He also decided, at the same time, that he'd from now on call all dogs "Weenus." Gabe didn't like that one bit, but Andy continued. And, as anti-climactic as this may be, that's the end of the story.

Oh, except sometimes I bump into Gabe here in Madison, and I think about Weenus, but I don't bring it up.

So anyhow, back to tonight. I hear my very mature, fourteen-year old student say the word "Weenus" in reference to it being a body part, and getting a tattoo on it and having it not hurt, and she's giggling, and I'm not really sure what to do. So thankfully she realized my confusion and says "Oh! Weenus is the extra skin on your elbow." She then pulls on her elbow skin and repeats it. "Weenus."

Have you all heard this before?? Is this even real? I've done a teensy bit of research, and apparently, there are some things that prove this point! Check it...

From Yahoo! Answers:

Hey whats a wenus (wee-nis)...I heard its either the little indention above your lip or the piece of skin on your elbow...anybody know what it is? Muchos gracias!

David T

Best Answer - Chosen by Asker


1. the skin on your elbow
2. a word use for freaking someone out by making them think youre talking about something else when you say wenus

Your wenus is huge!
Wanna see my wenus?
Cover up your wenus, for the love of god!
My wenus is all wrinkly.
My wenus can stretch really far.
I have TWO wenuses!

And from The Urban Dictionary:

1. weenus
The skin on your elbows. It can be stretched out, and, like a penis, you can compare the size of it to others.
It is a flap of skin.
It holds your elbows in.
It sounds like penis,
But it is weenus,
Oh, Yes, It is!!!

"My weenus is bigger than yours!!!"

Some info from Snopes:
You know, to check if it's an urban legend or not...

And some obviously saintly person who has dedicated a billion hours to the word weenus (sometimes spelled weenis here), using it in sentences, making up games, writing poems, sharing popular references. Too ridiculous to pass up. Check it here.

Weenus? Seriously?? Why would anybody choose weenus as the name of a body part? I just don't understand it. Unreal...


SophisticatedBrew said...

WHAT?????????? No way. Really? I had no idea. Weenis = Penis. That's just the way it is. I don't remember learning about the Weenis in anatomy.

Bea said...

I remember hearing about this word a few years ago. I have refused to use it in conversation, or maybe it just doesn't come up all that often in the conversations I have. I bet it WOULD be one of the more painless places to get tatooed. You should find one of those guys who gets the spider webs tattooed on his elbow after killing some one, and ask him, "Did that hurt your weenus?"

Sara Ashes said...

and a million points go to Bea for the elbow spiderweb comment!!

Sara Ashes said...

also, I think it would totally hurt to get your weenus tattooed- not so much the actual tattooing, but the healing! the scabbing process would suuuuuck. omg. and you likely would not have much elbow movement at all. so i disagree with, though absolutley respect the brilliance of your dear student.

jx said...

ooh, good thinking on the healing process, sara.

weenus is not a word i'll be trying to work into my vocabulary. but good to know. but wait...there are names for different areas of skin? does knuckle skin have a name? big-toe skin? left-buttcheek skin? i can only think of one other kind of skin that has a name. so, why the weenus?

Cody said...

Ha, ha , ha. I thought I saw Gabe and his weenus on Willy Street last week. Perhaps it was the original wenus. I forgot all about weenus. Thanks for the reminder.

Anonymous said...

When my youngest brother was in middle (or high?) school, it was the "cool" thing to do to use weenus as every part of speech possible - replacing it for other words (such as "cool" or "awful"), or just to confuse people but using it for multiple (different) nouns. My family got a kick out of having a really weenus weekend in Chicago that winter... (from Andrea @ MSFAC)

jx said...

there was a kid i went to elementary school with who used "urine" in that way. like, "this urines." or what's the capitol of WI? "urine." or just randomly he'd shout out with glee, "URINE!" i was just thinking about this about a week ago and concluded that perhaps he had ADHD.

Anonymous said...

Chandler: I was just going over your data here, and--little thing--you've been post-dating your Friday numbers.
Nina: Which is bad because...?
Chandler: Well, it throws my WENUS out of whack.
Nina: Your... excuse me?
Chandler: WENUS. Weekly Estimated Net Usage...
Nina: Oh... ...Net Usage Statistics. Right, gotcha. It won't happen again. I wouldn't want to do anything to hurt your...WENUS.

Anonymous said...

"weenus" WAS on the show frinds.
Chandler said somthing weenus out of whak.