Insulting nickname used by the blue-collar bigot Archie Bunker (Carroll O’Connor) when he spoke to his dimwitted, yet sensitive wife, Edith (Jean Stapleton) whenever she expressed an opinion on anything on the sitcom ALL IN THE FAMILY/CBS/1971-83.


An example of Archie’s rude manner is expressed in this statement when he said to his wife,  “How long does it take for one dingbat to go twenty feet for one beer?”

Note: The wife counterpart on the British sitcom TILL DEATH US DO PART/BBC/1966-75 that inspired ALL IN THE FAMILY was referred to as a “Silly old moo.”

According to the dictionary, a dingbat is an “eccentric, silly or empty-headed person.”



Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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