Funky word you may not have heard before

Last week, I posted an entry on a word many people claim to never have heard or used before: skedaddle.

This week, I'm spotlighting yet another offbeat-sounding word: lollygag.

To lollygag is to spend time aimlessly -- to idle.

Here's some history on the word's origins:

According to Merriam-Webster, at the beginning of the 20th century. lollygag was slang for "fooling around" (sexually, that is). That meaning was in use as early as 1868, and it likely originated as an alteration of the older and more innocuous word lallygag. Nowadays, lollygag doesn't carry such naughty connotations, but you certainly didn't want to be known as a lollygagger back in the day!

So, next time someone exhorts you to stop lollygagging, they're telling you to stop dawdling -- to quit wasting time or moving so slowly and idly. Or, you can impress -- or befuddle -- someone by telling them to stop lollygagging when they appear to be dragging their feet.

Had you ever heard of or used "lollygag" before?

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