to doodle

I am always doodling I cant help myself and perhaps its been seen over the years that I’m not listening or concentrating – well I’ve just come across this TED talk which supports the idea that doodling does in fact aid concentration and helps to process the information being heard ~ doodlers enjoy and no longer feel guilty!

Doodle – A doodle is an unfocused drawing made while a person’s attention is otherwise occupied. Doodles are simple drawings that can have concrete representational meaning or may just be abstract shapes. Stereotypical examples of doodling are found in school notebooks, often in the margins, drawn by students daydreaming or losing interest during class. Other common examples of doodling are produced during long telephone conversations if a pen and paper are available.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 

doodle [ˈduːdəl] Informal


1. to scribble or draw aimlessly
2. (Music, other) to play or improvise idly
3. (intr; often foll by away) US to dawdle or waste time

a shape, picture, etc., drawn aimlessly

[perhaps from C17 doodle a foolish person, but influenced in meaning by dawdle; compare Low German dudeltopf simpleton]
doodler  n

Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

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