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#172550 - 01/14/08 10:58 AM Re: A Word A Day - Dingle [Re: ted2422]
In Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada there is a park on the Northwest Arm (a small bay or inlet) that has long been know as the Dingle.
#172551 - 01/14/08 11:07 AM Re: A Word A Day - Dingle [Re: ted2422]
In re 'dingle berry' - many years ago now, I had a friend at work who had a jar of apple butter that he ate on toast that was kept in the common refrigerator. To keep people from 'snitching' his apple butter, he labeled it 'dingle berry' jam.
A dingle berry is a scatogical nickname, for small amounts of fecal material that adhere to hair.
#172552 - 01/14/08 11:08 AM Re: A Word A Day - Dingle [Re: ted2422]
Loc: Netherlands, the Hague
#172553 - 01/14/08 02:29 PM Re: A Word A Day - Dingle [Re: ted2422]
I had to look up dingle 50 years ago when I was directing Under Milk Wood. It occurs in the very first speech "...though moles see fine tonight in the snouting, velvet dingles." I had no trouble with dingle, but I suspect Dylan made up "snouting."
#172563 - 01/14/08 07:20 PM Re: A Word A Day - Dingle [Re: JonnieBean]
Originally Posted By: JonnieBeana scatogical nickname
I've also heard it used to refer to small fabric balls hanging from threads and used to ring the windshields of cars of a certain demographic back in the '70s.
#172567 - 01/14/08 08:07 PM Re: A Word A Day - Dingle [Re: Faldage]
The dingle of dingleberry has been connected by some etymologists to the English word dung from PIE *dhengh- 'to press, curve, bend, cover' (Russian дуга (duga) 'arc'). The Old Irish word daingean 'strong, fast/fixed; fortress' is from a PIE homonym *dhengh- 'to accomplish; fixed' (Greek ταχυς (takhus) 'quick, fast', Russian дяга (djaga) 'leather strap'). [Pokorny IEW 250.] The sense of dingle as 'dell' is attested first in Middle English in the 13th century, which is about the time that the English placename came to be used for the Irish city. The Gaelic An Daingean Uí Chúis 'the fortress of O'Cush' has been used for about the same amount of time._________________________
Ceci n'est pas un seing.
#172574 - 01/15/08 09:21 AM Re: A Word A Day - Dingle [Re: zmjezhd]
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
daingean 'strong, fast/fixed Is this also where we get the word dungeon?
#172575 - 01/15/08 09:50 AM Re: A Word A Day - Dingle [Re: Jackie]
Is this also where we get the word dungeon?
Could be: link._________________________
Ceci n'est pas un seing.
#172589 - 01/15/08 10:22 PM Re: A Word A Day - Dingle [Re: Chris Sandrolini]
Dingle means a minor car crash, here in Australia at least. I thought it might be more widespread, but the only reference I could find is from our national broadcaster. I'd be interested to know the etymology of this.
"Most crashes aren't serious, but even a minor dingle can be stressful for motorists."
from an ABC Radio National transcript
Newcastle NSW Australia
#172596 - 01/16/08 10:01 AM Re: A Word A Day - Dingle [Re: ted2422]
We us the word dingleberries out here. It's kind of like out in the boondocks....
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