Lollygaggin or just Dilly-dallying – my life

Lollygag. The origin of this word is unknown, but it first surfaced around 1868. The definition of “lollygag” is someone who is messing around or wasting time. It also refers to someone who is doing something that isn’t serious or useful.

Dilly-Dally.  The base word “dally” came in from Old French hundreds of years ago and meant to chat idly. Over time “dally” picked up other meanings such as to toy with things or spend time idly. By the 19th century we get “dilly dally.”

What is the difference between lollygagging and dilly dallying?

One of the biggest reasons I love to work with children is they are renowned dilly dallying lollygaggers.

 “Even though you’re growing up, you should never stop having fun.”  ~~ Nina Dobrev

“Enjoy life. Have fun. Be kind. Have worth. Have friends. Be honest. Laugh. Die with dignity. Make the most of it. It’s all we’ve got.”  ~~Ricky Gervais

Many folks feel that to be a skylarking, dilly-dallier, of a lollygagging variety means that you have no use or value.  I completely disagree with this.  I have discovered the most profound answers to many of life’s toughest questions by randomizing the manner of which I get through each day.  On top of that, I am more productive and get quite a bit more done than many of my diligent and incredibly focused colleagues.

“Life is too short to not have fun; we are only here for a short time compared to the sun and the moon and all that.”  ~~Coolio

I also do not associate dilly dallying or lollygagging with procrastination.  I realize that this a common definition or interpretation of the word.  I am NOT a procrastinator.  I just interject confident fun into my work day.  It frees the mind, allows you to breathe and re-evaluate where you are in relationship to where you should be.  It helps you assess if changes need to be made to the process or even the end goal.  In my opinion, sometimes people are so focused on what they think the main goal is that they actually lose site of process. Or the fact that not everyone gets to the ultimate design of it all in the same way. Sometimes, being strictly tied in and focused only on your own end game, you lose site of the fact that the goal post has been moved and your team actually left the field.

“When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.”  ~~Joe Namath

I once received an evaluation that I was not actually respected by many of my colleagues because I never seemed to take anything seriously.  Another comment I received by a well-intended mentor was that I completed things too quickly.  Every time I am confronted with this type of feedback, I ask the person, “Was it done incorrectly?”  or “Did i do something wrong?”  The answers is always, “No, of course not.”  All in all, these comments and judgement calls baffle me. If I do things quickly, correctly, and in a timely manner, while a the same time having fun through dallying and dillying and socializing and play.. WHAT IS THE PROBLEM??????  I think sometimes people make life way too difficult.  Life is not that hard. It’s not what happens but how you handle what happens.

“Life is easy. Just stay un-dead.”  ~~Fakeer Ishavardas

I believe that you need to input fun in your work, take mental breaks, dilly dally, lollygag around, listen to the music, dance to the tunes in your head and enjoy the process.  In the end, that is what you are going to remember.  The work you did is only as important as the next job that comes along, the next crisis, the next pandemic or war.  I could be sad, frustrated, or angry because I am not ever taken very seriously.  The truth is, I am smarter than I act, prettier than I feel, harder than I want to be, and I have been told that I am a diamond in the rough and that God is not finished with me.  I am Sam.  Sam I am. That’s basically all I am… well, that and a bag of chips.

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”  ~~Dr. Seuss

“I am going to keep having fun every day I have left, because there is no other way of life. You just have to decide whether you are a Tigger or an Eeyore.”  ~~Randy Pausch.

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“I don’t understand your specific brand of crazy, but I do commend your devotion to it. -Truth to his ex”  ~~ Lani Lynn Vale

wacky – adj – “crazy, eccentric,” 1935, variant of whacky (n.) “fool,” late 1800s British slang, probably ultimately from whack “a blow, stroke,” from the notion of being whacked on the head one too many times.  Funny or amusing in a slightly odd or peculiar way.

“Sometimes it’s the crazy people that bring out the best in us”
~~ Aishabella Sheikh

wack (n.)  “crazy person,” 1938, back-formation from wacky. Adjective in slang sense of “worthless, stupid,” is attested from late 1990s.  Phrases Synonymous with wacky  *  out to lunch.


“My insane mind wants to create a world,
where craziness is treated normal.”
― Luffina Lourduraj

bonkers, zany, cracked, absurd, batty, dotty, screwy, preposterous, harebrained, quirky, bananas, cockeyed, softheaded, loopy, crazy, demented, foolish, peculiar, offbeat, etc


Funny or amusing in a slightly odd or peculiar way
Displaying a lack of sensibleness or judgment
Not having a sound state of mind
Causing laughter and providing entertainment
“I know you. Inside and out, Sara.
I know you, and I’ve accepted it all.
Every bit of the crazy.
And I love you anyway remember?” 
~~ Emme Rollins
I once had an anonymous evaluation completed on me and it went something like this.  “I don’t understand why someone “like Sami” who seems to love her job, loves to laugh and have fun, and works very hard, is not respected by any of her colleagues.”
I never set out to be weird. It was always the other people who called me weird. ~~Frank Zappa
At first I was a bit taken aback.  As anyone would be. What me?  Not respected?  I mean I sort of got it, but also wondered why my hard work was not very noticed. I tried changing my clothes, my attitude, my hair, my mind, my presentation, my everything about me that made me… well, me.
Over time, I have come to realize that no matter how much I change, I will always be essentially me.  I have long realized that this fact is something that will not please a lot of people or get me promoted.  I will never rise to the top of the pile.  I was sad for a minute.  I was frustrated for two minutes.  It took me several decades to understand this issue.
“Your importance can’t be measured by the normal things
that many others
achieved in their lives diplomas, job money… but by
the things they cannot ,
all the impossible dreams and hard getting goals which
often called the crazy thoughts can create the true meaning of
importance insanity always lead to miracles.”
~~ Marwa Zaghdoud


Now at 55, I realize how much time I wasted trying to be what I was never going to be able to be.  How much energy it took to try to change what I personally consider to be the best part of me.
“The pig was always there staring at me, as I took off my clothes, I wondered if he could be turned on by me. We live in such a crazy world, where people find themselves in the wrong body and they seek permanent change, I wonder if one day a pig woke up and realised he is in the wrong body. I think I was going crazy, I had a lot of thoughts and no one to talk to.”
~~ Lunga Noélia Izata 
Essentially, I am awkward, upbeat, zany, madcap, offbeat, outlandish, and absurd.  I have made friends, family, and strangers laugh.  Yes, I get a lot of eye rolls as well.  I drive my bosses crazy and many folks think I am just plain nuts.  I am no longer trying to deny or cover this up.  The advantage of being older and wiser, is you can melt down all that garbage and understand that us crazies are often healthier and more clear-headed than the “normal” ones.  Further, the normals are often just as crazy if not more so.  We are likely just more aware of it and able to go with the flow.
“Do you know what’s cheaper than therapy? Admitting you’re batshit crazy and running with it.”  ~~ Dan Pearce
“You look like a crazy person,” Adri said.
“You look boring and average,” Lily replied.”
~~ Jodi Lynn Anderson
“We must thank to the crazy people
because by looking
at their achievements
or the failures, we can decide whether we have to
inject some craziness
to our own lives or not!”
~~Mehmet Murat ildan
Al final puede que la sociedad entera no sea más que una especie de congregación de lunáticos, formado por miles de chalados cada uno”
~~ Natsume Sōseki

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electroencephalographically challenged

electroencephalographically challenged: Comes from every part of the world.  Over the last week, it truly does describe where I have been lately.  Specifically attacks those who least expect it.  Yes, I am talking about – Brain Fog – puddin head – hazy – jello brain – mush brain – foggled

“The weather varies between heavy fog and pale sunshine; My thoughts follow the exact same process.” ~~  Virginia Woolf.


“Sometimes when you lose your way in the fog, you end up in a beautiful place! Don’t be afraid of getting lost!”

– Mehmet Murat Ildan

Getting lost – I know this trick all too well.  It usually ends up being an awful fun time.  Lately it’s been forgettable.  Like I really do not know where I am or how I got there at times.  I forget words, to-do lists, appointments, or why I went into a room.  Yet I will remember the most ridiculous minutia that bears no relevance on a conversation I am currently having.  Or had.. or .. or.. wait.. what were we talking about?  Well, you get the point… even if I do not!


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Tittle -tattle:  Light informal conversation for social occasions.  Speak about unimportant matters rapidly and incessantly.  It also refers to gossiping.

Origin  – Early 17th century; earliest use found in William Watson (?1559–1603), Roman Catholic priest and conspirator. From tittle-tattle + -er.

I daresay idle tittle-tattle is very wrong and unkind, but it is so often true, isn’t it. – Agatha Christie

If I could state what my absolute gift is, I would have to say tittle tattling might just be it.  I bavardage consistently and incessantly, chitting and chatting throughout the day.  It’s how I handle stress.  It’s what I do when I get nervous.  I can’t seem to help myself. As I watch the expressions change from interest to discomfort, I realize that once again I have over-communicated.  I sometimes scream at myself to be quiet.  It doesn’t help.

Sometimes I wish that I could stop you from talking
When I hear the silly things that you say
I think somebody better put out the big light
‘Cause I can’t stand to see you this way ~ Elvis Costello

I have been accused frequently of chin-wagging, gabfesting, blabbing, verbally vomitting, piffling, prattling, twaddling, yammering, confabulating, schmoozing, blathering-blithering-blethering, palavering, clacking, and clucking.  It’s all true.  Though it drives many crazy.  It’s what sells.  However, what i do NOT do is simply tittle OR tattle.

“… I wonder why she hasn’t spread the tale.”
“The only reason she would not is if she is ill or the story would somehow reflect badly on herself,” replied Lady Badgery. “Otherwise, Portia Troutbridge has never been known to keep a scandal to herself.”
“Oh, I do hope she is ill!” exclaimed Truthful. “I mean, only just ill enough to keep the news quiet for a little longer. Is that too dreadful of me?”
“Not at all,” announced Lady Badgery. “It is a very reasonable desire. In the case of Portia Troutbridge I myself would wish for something much more severe. Scarlet fever, perhaps. Or the plague.”
― Garth Nix

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Pauciloquent. If you are a person of few words, then this is the term for you. It refers to someone who doesn’t say much or who, when giving a speech, gives a very short one. This is a great way for you to tell people you are a person of few words, without having to say that whole long statement. Give this a try next time and see what happens.


This word is NOT me.  At all.  One of my employment evaluations described me like this, “Sami is a great person, she just uses TOO many words when talking.”

My year “word” blog challenge has actually helped me figure out how to pronounce words and guess at it before i actually look it up. I guessed correctly (pas sil e quent).  Just flows off the tongue.

My sisters and I, along with my mother were the exact opposite of pauciloquent.  We were chaotic, loud, boisterous, charismatic, and whatever else.  Dad always brought a book with him when we all met up.  He couldn’t get a word in edgewise.

I think I like the word so much because it reminds me of my dad.  He was a truckdriver and I used to go on the road with him every chance I could.  We didn’t say a whole lot.  However, what we did talk about, stays with me even today.

His dad was also quite pauciloquent. Strong and silent they were. Even though they didn’t say much, every word they said, you heard.  Each word had meaning and each word made an impression.

Despite his quiet nature, he had a great sense of humor and was a super loving guy. Anyways.  I miss him and my grandpa.  As quiet as he was, he was so funny.  Yup.  Miss ya dad.


Pauciloquent (adj) (rare)

paw-sil-o-kwent  — Uses few words in speech or conversation; laconic.

I love the way this one sounds. Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Blount (1618–1679), antiquary and lexicographer.

Example sentences

“I was trying to be friendly but he’s so pauciloquent it’s like pulling teeth.


I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.
Mark Twain
The more you say, the less people remember.
Francois Fenelon
“The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible.”
― George Burns

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