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HeyHomie
06-18-2012, 08:57 PM
I hear the boys on That 70"s Show call each other "Dillweed" and "Dillhole." I don't remember hearing those used as insults until Beavis & Butthead.

Is this an anachronism? Or were these indults used in the 70's?

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Manduck
06-18-2012, 09:07 PM
I don't remember them before Beavis and Butthead either. The word "asshole" was used quite a bit, but I guess they can't say that on TV.

SmartAlecCat
06-18-2012, 09:16 PM
I don't remember the 'dil' insults. "fag" was quite popular, but again, probably shouldn't even be part of nostalgia TV.

Slithy Tove
06-18-2012, 09:17 PM
I was a teenager in Wisconsin in the 70's. "Dork-face dill-rod" was a common insult.

(Isn't the show set in Beliot? Our standard quip was "Beloit" was the sound of a fart in the bathtub)

WhyNot
06-18-2012, 09:26 PM
I remember "the big kids" using it in the late 70's in suburban Chicagoland. Specifically, "dillweed" and "dillwad".

HeyHomie
06-18-2012, 09:43 PM
"Beloit" was the sound of a fart in the bathtub

If the SDMB had a "Like" feature, I'd be clicking it right now.

TriPolar
06-18-2012, 10:13 PM
'Dill' is often used on television as a substitute for 'dick'. 'Dickwad' would have been an actual epithet. 'Dillweed' was probably a variation on that. 'Dillrod' was a variation of 'dildo'. The modified forms appeared on television long after the 70s, but were used in real life by some back then.

PlainJain
06-18-2012, 10:21 PM
It was used at my high school in the early 70's.

Siam Sam
06-18-2012, 11:18 PM
I have no memory of "dill" from the any time period, and I even remember the 1960s.

Roderick Femm
06-19-2012, 12:22 AM
I was a teenager in Wisconsin in the 70's. "Dork-face dill-rod" was a common insult.

(Isn't the show set in Beliot? Our standard quip was "Beloit" was the sound of a fart in the bathtub)It's Point Place, which is supposed to be a suburb of Kenosha, apparently.

My great grandmother came from Beloit and I am descended from whom I believe was rather a big cheese there in the late 19th century, one David Merrill. It saddens me to think that this town is the subject of such low humor.

;)


Roddy

pulykamell
06-19-2012, 02:18 AM
I remember "the big kids" using it in the late 70's in suburban Chicagoland. Specifically, "dillweed" and "dillwad".

I can't place it to the 70s, but definitely to the 80s, and certainly well before Beavis and Butthead.

Maserschmidt
06-19-2012, 06:38 AM
We used 'dillweed' in high school, but I am not from Wisconsin.

BubbaDog
06-19-2012, 11:23 AM
This is interesting. I had always thought that the 70's Show used dillhole or dillweed as a less objectionable replacement for Dildo.

I remember that calling somebody a dildo was a fairly common insult in the 70's.

HeyHomie
06-19-2012, 11:28 AM
Sithy Tove did you and your homies smoke weed in the basement and convince your mom it was incense?

Kidding aside, does the show generally get it right?

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Darth Panda
06-19-2012, 11:44 AM
I heard that using this phrase as an insult was actually conceived by "Big Rosemary" interests in the ongoing spice wars.

fiddlesticks
06-19-2012, 11:55 AM
I believe Point Place is actually ten miles from Springfield. ;)

TriPolar
06-19-2012, 12:06 PM
Kidding aside, does the show generally get it right?


I can't address the local peculiarities, but the general image of teenage life in the 70s is pretty good. They don't seem to be interested enough in music and stereos, but getting high was a major part of teenage stoner life. It was the era of the generation gap, and parents often had no idea what their kids were doing when they weren't looking.

Earl Snake-Hips Tucker
06-19-2012, 12:16 PM
. . .I remember that calling somebody a dildo was a fairly common insult in the 70's.My recollection, too. Also, I've heard the term "diĘkweed," which "dillweed" might have euphemised.

Slithy Tove
06-19-2012, 12:22 PM
Sithy Tove did you and your homies smoke weed in the basement and convince your mom it was incense?

Kidding aside, does the show generally get it right?

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The show was dead-on where Red and Kitty are seen from Eric's POV with the wallpaper moving behind them. Carrying off being high around your parents was an art to be mastered. As most of you know, you were your own worst enemy: they'd ascribe pretty much anything you did or said to your simply being a stupid teenager. But if you could keep a reign on the marijuana-induced paranoia and not blurt out "I'm higher that a cat in heat's asshole!" (my younger brother did just that, albeit on LSD, not reefer) you could sail through the school day and time at home without effort.

Some of the teachers who'd been in college in the late sixties/early seventies were on to us, but so long as we didn't cause trouble, they just laughed us off.

But there was no claiming the smell was insence. Wisconsin farmers had grown hemp in WWII when the forign supply was cut off, so it wasn't an alien odor. We spent a lot of time driving and driving around out in the country (another thing the show got right), getting high out there, or in cars in the school parking lot.

Later, my oldest brother did a few weeks in jail for traffic violations, and brought back the method called "jail hits;" where you'd take a pinch of weed with all the seeds and lumber cleaned out; in a pipe small enough to be snuck into jail in ones jockey underwear. You'd suck the entire hit in at once, and absord it all, only exhaling warm air afterward. That's was how we smoked dope at home and later in the dorms.

And BTW, an ounce of weed from Mexico was $25/oz.

So while we didn't wear onions on our belts, it really was a time that is long dead past.

DrCube
06-19-2012, 12:56 PM
I wasn't alive in the 70s, but I remember the term from my childhood in the 80s. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure featured at least a few "dills" I believe.

11811
06-19-2012, 09:43 PM
70s South Jersey. "Dil-strap" was a fairly common word.

Elendil's Heir
06-19-2012, 10:19 PM
Seventies NE Ohio. "Dillweed" and "dickwad" were both relatively common insults.

pkbites
06-20-2012, 02:16 AM
I grew up on Wisconsin (born 1960). Dill weed, dill hole were common slanders in the early to late 70's. By the early to mid 80's those become "dick weed" or "dick hole" by the process of verbal evolution I'm guessing.


Dill (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dill) is a common herb grown in Wisconsin home gardens, as home canning has always been popular here.

I have no idea if that has any thing to do with the terminology. But if you're ever asked a question on a game show that you get right based on what you read on my post, I get a cut, dill hole!!!!!!!!!! ;)

Mind's Eye, Watering
06-20-2012, 03:07 AM
I always assumed that the "dil" prefix was related to "dildo."

Wrong?

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