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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for July 31, 2021 is:

dally • DAL-ee  • verb

1 a : to act playfully; especially : to play amorously

b : to deal lightly : toy

2 a : to waste time

b : linger, dawdle

Examples:

Alton has been dallying with the idea of starting a bakery.

“Just as businesses that dallied too long before moving into the era of computing lost ground and eventually faded away, companies that delay in adopting the technologies of the future will find it impossible to keep up with those that take the necessary steps quickly.”— Pritom Das, Entrepreneur, 21 May 2021

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English speakers have been playing with dally since the 14th century. They first started using the word with the meaning “to chat,” which was also the meaning of the Anglo-French word from which it was derived, but that meaning fell into disuse. Next, dalliers were amusing themselves by acting playfully with each other especially in amorous and flirtatious ways. Apparently, some dalliers were also a bit derisive, leading dally to mean “to deal with lightly or in a way that is not serious.” It didn’t take long for the fuddy-duddies to criticize all this play as a waste of time. By the mid-16th century, dally was weighted down with its “to waste time” and “to dawdle” senses.

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Ken Saunders is a freelance writer, gadget collector and Biohacker. Kens’ professional background is in Information Technology as well as Health and Wellness. His experience has given him a broad base from which to approach many topics. He especially enjoys researching and writing articles on the topics of Technology, Food, and all things Freelancing. His articles have appeared in many online sites, including Lifehack.media, Andrew Christian, Alltherooms.com and Vocal.media.You can learn more about his services at http://www.ken-saunders.info.

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