Prutsen is such a lovely word. It’s Dutch, and it was once used a lot by us. As in, “What have you been doing for the last two hours?” “Oh, just prutsen.”
A loose definition of prutsen is to putter or potter or tinker, or otherwise waste time by making unnecessary changes. It’s doing something of little significance that looks like work but really isn’t. It’s sort of pretend work that can help to successfully avoid real work. It’s entertainment and relaxation all rolled up in one.
Some of us can pruts for hours, rearranging things like the desk, the plants, spice rack, cutlery drawer, etc.; thereby putting off more useful tasks like paying bills, cleaning out the refrigerator or organizing year-end tax files.
I don’t know when, but somewhere along the line we lost the simple pleasure inherent in prutsen. And I think we should bring it back. Sometimes a mind just needs to graze…
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