What is TikTok’s ‘Quandale Dingle’ meme?

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A curious new phrase is going viral on TikTok, sparking questions about the unexpected online sensation that is “Quandale Dingle.”

The seemingly odd pair of words has been spreading on TikTok, where users of the video-sharing app have begun incorporating it into a range of videos. A hashtag page for the phrase already has more than 461 million views and counting, as fresh videos utilize the strange viral phrase.

What is Quandale Dingle?

@abalize

Nah bro tf is that Goofy Ahh Nintendo PS Xbox Switch 💀💀 #goofy #goofyahh #carmenwinstead #fyp #school #dankmemes #memes #quandaledingle

♬ original sound – nic

The origin of TikTok’s new favorite meme is far more straightforward than most internet jokes. It appears to have stemmed from a real person’s name, according to Know Your Meme, after an eagle-eyed fan caught sight of a Pennsauken football player’s jersey during a game. The back of the jersey sported the name “Dingle,” a development that sent the internet into a spiral of meme making. The player’s name soon populated a range of random images across the web, and eventually made its way onto TikTok.

In September of 2021, a TikTok video introduced Quandale Dingle for the first time. A video showcasing a login screen for one Quandale Dingle appeared on the platform on Sept. 13, accompanied by a caption wondering about the “goofy ass name.”

Within weeks, the meme was everywhere. The original TikTok video has since been included in popular compilations, spreading its reach even further, and allowing the Quandale Dingle memes to make the transition into full-blown shitpost.

In case you are unaware of the term, a shitpost is that comment, post, or upload you stumble across that is so infuriatingly off-topic, irrelevant, or nonsensical that you can’t help but examine it. Urban Dictionary defines the term as “a post of little to no sincere insightful substance,” and Cambridge Dictionary expands on this with “something put on the internet that is not especially funny or interesting and does not make much sense, or does not have anything to do with what is being discussed, especially in order to make it difficult for other people to discuss something.”

The Quandale Dingle meme is exactly shitpost material. On TikTok, the name has become a new moniker for the nonsensical, accompanying videos that evade definition completely.

I mean, what are you supposed to get from this?

@h0twheel_guy

It’s lokey bussin 🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤 and please don’t make fun of my yawn 😿😿😿 #ignoremyyawn #quandaledingle #jaundalepringle

♬ You Gotta Move – Mississippi Fred McDowell

That video has more than 3 million views between two uploads, by the way, and upwards of 370,000 likes.

The Quandale Dingle hashtag on TikTok is overflowing with a dizzying array of videos that can only be described as madcap, ranging from blurry nonsense to weird ironic clips. It’s hard to pin down.

The most popular video on the Quandale Dingle hashtag page features an odd-looking car, which looks kind of like a cross between a bobsled and a rocket. The video mimics the caption of the OG TikTok meme, wondering about the “silly ahh car,” and incorporates jarring sound effects à la the Looney Tunes.

The 6-second video has 2.6 million likes. It is a prime example of other Quandale Dingle fare, if only in that it largely eludes logic. You’re not going to find much in the way of quality under the Quandale Dingle meme, but you will find plenty to enjoy. Fresh uploads appear to hit the hashtag page frequently, as fresh users lend their own window into the most offbeat corners of Gen Z humor.