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Dingleberry – It has more than One Meaning and Only One is Good

The good meaning of dingleberry is Vaccinium erythrocarpum, a specific cranberry species. It’s also commonly known as the mountain blueberry, the southern mountain cranberry, the bearberry and the arando.

The bad meanings are slang terms for a stupid or foolish person or dried feces adhering to anal hair. I’m sure I was called a dingleberry at one time or another but today, I’m talking about things that remind people of the second slang meaning.

Dingleberry Looking Things

Some things are called dingleberries when they really aren’t. They just kind of look like dingleberries. I don’t know what to call them. They’re basically puffs of cotton, placed in a row.

I once had a 1974 Chevy Impala, blue with a white top. The first owner was a Mexican-American who put dingleberries around the border of the front windshield, on the inside. I can think of any object better than a dingleberry to serve that purpose.

The second owner left them in place, sold the car to me and then bought it back from me when I transferred from the base we were stationed at. I didn’t bother to remove them either.

Some of my nieces here in the Philippines, or their mothers, bought polka-dot shorts trimmed with white dingleberries at the bottom of each leg. They were really inexpensive at about 50 pesos (about one single United States dollar) each.

I told them what dingleberry means and what the shorts look like to me. I wonder if they’ll wear them as often as they do now. Honestly, I don’t think they care what I think.

The Cranberry Dingleberry

I’ve never seen one and I probably never will. I hated cranberries when I was young, the way they were cooked or whatever for the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

I love cranberry juice. I’m happy when I can find 100 percent cranberry juice. I think I would eat cranberries today if I could find them here in the Philippines.

So, as far as the dingleberry is concerned, this is the only kind I care about.

The image is public domain via Wikimedia Commons


January 6, 2018
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