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.
Grandkids playing in Spokane
Child playing on the beach in Venezuela
Visiting neighbors, Delta Orinoco, Venezuela
Playing on a log – Cambodia
Rainy day play – Caracas
Kids at play with very big knife – Cambodia
Bridge for fun in Cambodia
“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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