Yesterday a friend of a friend got herself a dachshund and they called it a weiner dog. I was slightly surprised. I could image a wiener dog, but weiner? I realize that there is not a lot of difference in the ei from Einstein and the ie from Einstien, but not so in the German or Dutch language. Wien (pronounce Wean) is the German version of the capital of Austria, Vienna. The wiener saucage, resembling the dog, comes from here. Hence the name Wiener. Wein is wine, pronounciation nearly the same. Also, 'Weinen' is to whine; also almost identical pronounciation. And I googled "wiener dog" 1,060,000 hits versus "weiner dog", 773,000 hits. So the correct version version is still in the lead, but for how long? But how got this dog associated with a sad drunk?