Word of the Week: Woolgathering

Woolgathering

Definition:
Verb: daydreaming, thinking of things you would rather be doing or wish to do in the future.

Example:
Steve spent the afternoon woolgathering about his trip abroad.

Woolgathering is a very old word that has been in use since the 1550's, almost as long as people have been dreaming about the future! It's derived from the literal meaning 'to gather fragments of wool from hedges'. People who couldn't afford wool would gather it for use as thread and for other purposes. Perhaps those people were dreaming of a better life, but the meaning has changed over time to exclusively mean 'daydreaming'.

You might be woolgathering about a holiday you plan to take. You might have a woolgathering moment during a boring afternoon! People might think you're a woolgatherer because you often think about the things you will do in the future.

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