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Definition: a shapeless mass or a blob of something.


Dated back to the 1570’s, this noun stems from the East Anglian Old English dialect where dallop represented a patch, a tuft or a clump of grass, the origin to which is not known. The modern sense of a complete mess was attested in 1812 and in 1825 this noun suddenly appeared in a few places as a verb!

Why this word?

When I think of the Kingdom of East Anglia, I see shepherds, farmers and wood huts. Societies such as these depended on order, on clarity as no cellphones were to be found, nor internet connections. When something was lost- it really was lost.

Nowadays this word works to represent situations in which something is lost- objects in a messy house, ideas in a vague paper or truth amidst too many words. This idea to me is beautiful and romantic and a great reason to use this word.

How to use dollop?

Use this word anytime you come across something that is too elaborate for its own good, when the small and most important things are missed out on due to the abundance of others.

Your paper is a complete dollop; you had so many good ideas, but you didn’t follow any of them through“.

Your room is a total dollop! You won’t be able to find yourself tomorrow morning unless you tidy up!”

His words formed into a confusing dollop; he could barely form a single meaningful sentence which made me doubt his intentions“.


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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