"Let me noodle it"

Mark Odegard markodegard at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 25 01:53:09 UTC 2001

Umm. For some reason, this sense of 'noodle' would sound 'more correct' as
'doodle'. Doodling on the piano is much like doodling on paper: aimless
designs. I don't use either of them in this sense.

>From: Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
>At 4:45 PM -0500 1/24/01, Gregory {Greg} Downing wrote:
>>Hence one hears "to noodle (around) with" = to mess around with,
>>experiment with, tinker with, i.e., I've always assumed (note the
>>disclaimer), using one's *head* to do so. In more specialized usage,
>>often use "to noodle" in application to musical playing that the user of
>>verb views as aimless or unmusical, if perhaps highly skillful in
>>mechanical ways. E.g.: "He can really play guitar, but his solos are
>>but noodling." (Synonym: to wank, which we all know from elsewhere.)
>from "noodle" = 'head' again, no doubt    ;-)

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