Posted by Smokey Stover on November 19, 2005
In Reply to: Dill-weeds posted by ESC on November 19, 2005
: : "snickering dill-weeds" A review in Slate of a Beavis and Butt-head DVD refers to them as "two snickering dill-weeds". I have never heard dill weed used this way. Has the expression been around awhile?
: I don't know. I couldn't find it in a youth slang dictionary. The Dictionary of American Regional English says dillweed is a plant, dog fennel. And "dillberry" is excrement hanging on a sheep's wool."
: See the Urban Dictionary at: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=dillweed
Well, it's every writer's right to make up his own metaphors, and that's probably the case here. Dill weeds are, of course, the source of dill. But as regards Beavis and Butt-head, the only comparison is that the plant is rather untidy looking, weedy and sometimes tall (as much as three feet). The whole plant smells, and the seeds or seed-oil can be used to treat "flatulent colic" (EB Online). SS