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
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
Did you know?
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.