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Sausage facts

The word sausage is derived from the Latin word salsus which means something salted.

• Sausages are mentioned in The Odyssey which was written by Homer more than 2,700 years ago:

“These goat sausages sizzling here in the fire - we packed them with fat and blood to have for supper. Now, whoever wins this bout and proves the stronger,
Let that man step up and take his pick of the lot!”

• Dick Turpin worked as a butcher.

• Queen Victoria was fond of sausages but insisted that the meat be hand chopped rather than minced.

• Sausages were called bangers during the Second World War because they contained so much water they exploded when fried.