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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."

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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