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The word LOLLYGAG was chosen by a member of the art game Monkey Side Bars and we drew this word for posting to Instagram on Sunday, February 16th.
The origin of this odd term lollygag is unknown but is an Americanism dating to the middle of the nineteenth century. Jonathon Green, in his Cassell Dictionary of Slang, suggests it may come from a dialect word lolly, meaning “tongue”. If it is, then it’s a close relative of lollipop, which is also thought to come from the same source.
Fooling around, spending time aimlessly, dawdling or rather doodling on the app Sketch Club has lately been one of my recent pastimes since being engrossed with Monkey Side Bars from when it began September of last year so lollygag was a perfect word choice for me as I can relate to it so well.
Here below are my contributions for the word LOLLYGAG which I drew on Sketch Club. The girl on the beach was a black and white drawing I used as a reference and the other was a Christmas greeting card I believe, so I changed the note. They both took me about an hour or so to complete and I mainly used standard brushes and a fountain pen to write the note from Henri Leclair (from the TV program Mr Selfridge)… lollygag dreaming of Henri.