• Jabe Stafford

Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay


Spread laughter and positive energy with wordplay! Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay is a Wednesday blog series that features rare, bizarre, and absurd words and their meanings. Work one of these words into your day and spark some laughter and curiosity!

Putz - putz v Usu with around; rarely putzy [Etym uncert: perh var of futz; cf also Yiddish putz penis, contemptible person; Ger putzen to clean, decorate] esp wGt Lakes 1950 WELS (When somebody goes around looking for something to do to amuse himself: “He doesn’t have much to do today, so he’s just _______”) 2 Infs, WI, Putzing around. 1965-70 DARE (Qu. A10 . . .Doing little unimportant things: . .”What are you doing?” . . “Nothing in particular—I’m just _______”) 1993 Capital Times (Madison, WI) 29 Nov sec A 7/3, I’m just useless, I just sort of putz around all day.

“The best part of lazy days off is that even putzing is doing too much.”

“Putz. Satisfying to say. Rated G for the workplace. Win-win.”

“Now’s not the time to putz, you putz.”

Please share and comment on today’s Dictomancy and feel free to post your uses for the words in a positive, lighthearted way. Audience participation makes Everyday Wordplay hilarious!

Works Cited

Cassidy, Frederic G. Chief Editor. Dictionary Of American Regional English. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1985. Print

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