[Ads-l] "Deez Nuts"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Fri Aug 21 23:45:38 UTC 2015

On Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 5:05 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
> A fifty[make that fifteen!]-year-old Iowa boy, presumably white, is
> running for the Presidency under the name, "Deez Nuts."
> http://goo.gl/ILYUAp
> What catches my attention is that the phrase, "these nuts," in my
> experience, has always meant, "my testes/my testicles/my scrotum."
> Relevant examples are hard to find, needless to say.

Probably most relevant in this context is the track “Deeez Nuuuts” on
Dr. Dre's 1992 album "The Chronic," which starts off with Warren G
telling a “deez nuts” joke to a woman on the phone.

On YouTube:

Lyrics and annotations:

Know Your Meme tracks the most recent online iterations of the joke:


While 15-year-old Brady Olson is evidently a fan of "The Chronic," in
this interview Inspectah Deck says the joke is much older than that
("about 40 years old"):



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