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...