dingleberry

[ding-guh l-ber-ee]

What does dingleberry mean?

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Yes, there's an actual berry called a dingleberry. It's a kind of cranberry. In slang, though, a dingleberry is a term for a small piece of poop clinging to the butt of a human or animal, sometimes used as a mild way to call someone "stupid."

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Examples of dingleberry

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Examples of dingleberry
Who's the dingleberry stealing recylcing bins day before trash day
@Aphilpott_22, July 2018
Just listened to my lovely wife explain what a dingleberry is to my 5 year old. #parenting
@snugjunk, July 2018
He’s talking to Sway about rap without sounding like a total dingleberry, saying things like, “He’s about to blow, he’s about to blow” and referencing that new Savage and that new Kendrick, that Remy verse, with only a trace of the standard, “I’m a white, middle-aged guy talking about hip-hop” patois.
Allison P. Davis, Vulture, July 2017

Where does dingleberry come from?

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The sound of dingleberry is genuinely hilarious. Just say it. Dingleberry. As early as 1839, comedy writers, especially for children, would name their characters and towns Dingleberry. One particularly great example comes from Tales of the Village Children (1845), which reads: “…they turned up from the river, and soon got into the Dingleberry wood, and before long they came out upon Cacklequack Common.”

The use of dingleberry in the United States to refer to a rectum-clingy piece of poop has been attested in the 1920s. The origin of this meaning isn’t clear. Some suggest it is based on dangle or dingbat, with berry evoking its size…and the way it has to be “plucked” clean? Others suggest it’s an American variation of the English dilberry or dillberry, which means the same thing and is found in the early 1800s. That is compelling, given that the actual dingleberries are native to the Southeastern United States. Or it could just be that is simply sounds so funny. Dingleberry.

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It’s no big leap from dingleberry as a small piece of turd stuck the butt to an insult for someone “foolish” or “inept.” It’s possible both meanings came into use on or around the same time.

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Who uses dingleberry?

Dingleberry today is almost exclusively a potty-talk word or mild insult, although sometimes people use it to refer to literal dingleberries.

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Dingleberry, while vulgar, is mild enough that it was used in the title of a 2017 episode of American Dad, “The Talented Mr. Dingleberry.” This is on a play the title of the creepy thriller novel The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (1955), later adapted into a 1999 movie starring Matt Damon.

Dingleberry remains most popular in the US but other English speakers around the word are sure to issue a few choice dingleberries from time to time.

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