Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Mon May 1 23:09:37 UTC 2006

a friend, in conversation last week, told a story of a visit to a
museum, where their guide (according to my friend's report) "told us
not to dwaddle".  he was certain this was the right word, and
maintained he'd never heard "dawdle".  a new one to me.  but i see
that there are a modest number of google webhits in this sense (plus
some where "dwaddle" is a substitute for standard "twaddle" and some
i don't understand). e.g.,

You'll want to dwaddle here. Literature of the French Middle Ages.

Maybe if you lot didn't dwaddle around all day instead of just
practicing on the pitch in the summer you would have a shot.
www.bigsoccer.com/forum/ showthread.php?t=336899&page=3

... the Cowboy who's too tough to brush his teeth, Delbert the
Dinosaur who loves to dwaddle and dream, and Bugs who bring all their
kin and just move in!

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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