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#172537 - 01/14/08 08:09 AM A Word A Day - Dingle  
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Dylan Thomas' wonderful poem "Fern Hill" has a lovely use of the word 'dingle'. Here's the first verse:

Now as I was young and easy under the apple boughs
About the lilting house and happy as the grass was green,
The night above the dingle starry,
Time let me hail and climb
Golden in the heydays of his eyes,
And honoured among wagons I was prince of the apple towns
And once below a time I lordly had the trees and leaves
Trail with daisies and barley
Down the rivers of the windfall light.

#172538 - 01/14/08 09:20 AM Re: A Word A Day - Dingle [Re: Chris Sandrolini]  
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Dingle: a seaport on the shore of Dingle Bay, western County Kerry, southwest Ireland. Are there any valleys nearby? Is there a relationship?

#172539 - 01/14/08 09:31 AM Re: A Word A Day - Dingle [Re: Steve Henigson]  
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Everyone in Ireland will probably be replying to this topic shortly, but here goes - there is a town in West Kerry, Ireland, which until recently was called Dingle, which is a corruption of the Irish place name An Daingean Ui Chuis, meaning Fort of the Husseys or Fort of the O Cuis. It is referred to as "An Daingean" on signs etc., but the name change has been hugely controversial given the dependence on tourism in the area and long established usage of "Dingle".

#172540 - 01/14/08 10:36 AM Re: A Word A Day - Dingle [Re: Chris Sandrolini]  
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>>Time let me hail and climb
Golden in the heydays of his eyes,<<


The West Irish countyside I remember is all in these words.
Afoot over hill and through "dingle". Blackberry hedges, ferns, wild fuchsia to both sides of the narrow cut roads. Green grass, daisies and unbelievable skies.

( And hi! Could have been in Weekly Themes )

#172541 - 01/14/08 10:45 AM Re: A Word A Day - Dingle [Re: BranShea]  
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made me think of Tom Bombadil.


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#172544 - 01/14/08 12:23 PM Re: A Word A Day - Dingle [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]  
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There was a dingle in my mother's neighborhood in the New Hampshire countryside. It was a bit of a detour that took a bend off the main road and wound back to join it about a mile down. It was referred to as as The Dingle, as in "I'm off to take a walk around The Dingle", or "She lives off The Dingle". There was nothing narrow or deep about it that I can remember!

#172545 - 01/14/08 01:09 PM Re: A Word A Day - Dingle [Re: Andrea]  
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This morning's word Dingle certainly had me searching the archives of the Irish Times. There has been a lot in the press in the past few months about a very popular town in Kerry - Dingle - the English version Dingle - the Irish version An Daingean Ui Chuis

#172546 - 01/14/08 01:53 PM Re: A Word A Day - Dingle [Re: Chris Sandrolini]  
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Yes, my first thought when seeing "dingle" was of "Fern Hill," too, perhaps Dylan Thomas's most famous poem. Go, run now, fast, find a copy, and drink it in--or just Google it--but it's far more appealing with the book in your hands. The words are palpable--like the pages their written on. Was childhood so long ago? Did you sing in your chains, like the sea?

#172547 - 01/14/08 01:53 PM Re: A Word A Day - Dingle [Re: JanetM]  
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Dingle is not only a town on the southwest coast of Ireland, but a peninsula that sits above the more famous Ring of Kerry and is a very beautiful drive indeed into the heart of the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking Ireland).

#172549 - 01/14/08 03:54 PM Re: A Word A Day - Dingle [Re: Chris Connell]  
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No one has mentioned the word "dingleberry". Does anyone know what it means?

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