A honey dipper is a turned kitchen utensil that is used to collect viscous liquid (generally honey) from a jar or container, which it then exudes to another location. Besides the handle, the tool consists of equally-spaced concentric (coaxial) grooves. One method of using the tool is to dip the grooved spiral end into the liquid, then slowly twirl the handle between the thumb and fingers while in transport, to prevent dripping. It is commonly used to drizzle honey on bread, biscuits, or other foods of that nature. The tool is sometimes made of wood or plastic.
In popular culture
Since the 1920s the term "honey dipper" has been used as a term of disparagement for the workers who empty septic tanks, clean latrines, or do similar work. This is presumably derived from the vacuum truck known colloquially as a honeywagon. There are many other terms for people doing this work; see the history of manual scavenging and the history of sanitation.
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- Sources that show a honey dipper has been carried by the Honey Nut Cheerios mascot:
- Neudorf, Samantha (November 4, 2015). "'Star Wars'-Themed Cereal Boxes Will Be Available for a Limited Time". The Daily Meal. Spanfeller Media Group, Inc. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
- Rys, Dan (August 14, 2013). "Nelly Is In The Newest Commercial For Honey Nut Cheerios Called 'Bee Got Swag'". XXL Magazine. Townsquare Media. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
- "Disney- Mattel". Observer-Reporter. FAO Schwarz. November 7, 1999. p. 43, Toys "R" Us. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
- Sources for the alternative slang meaning of "honey dipper":
- Green, Jonathan (2005). Cassell's Dictionary of Slang (Second ed.). Weidenfeld and Nicolson. p. 732, honey·dipper. ISBN 0304366366.
- Dalzell, Tom; Vicotor, Terry (2013). The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (Second ed.). Routledge. p. 1169, honey dipper. ISBN 9780415619493.
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