Will I or Will I Not


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This interesting term comes from the Old English will I–nill I, meaning whether I want to or don’t want to. 

The meaning has changed with time, as words often do, and now tends to describe a random or haphazard way of doing things.  So, if  Junior is told to make his bed and clean his room, he’s probably going to go about it willy nilly. He doesn’t want to do it, so he will do the least possible in order to satisfy his unreasonably fussy mother.

Three of our grandkids are with us for a couple of days. They set up  a bunch of stuff in the living room yesterday that needs to be cleaned up  this morning, and the youngest is definitely doing it willy nilly.  He feels a bit overwhelmed, I think, at the size of the task. But then his big brother got involved, and now things are going swimmingly.  It’s amazing how a job can seem impossible until someone comes along and lends a hand.

So–in a little while, I’m going to work, whether I want to or not.  Willy nilly.



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