From the OED online:


[Origin uncertain; perh. alteration of Yiddish arumfartzen (Amer. Speech (1943) XVIII. 43).]  intr. To loaf, waste time, mess around.

From Merriam-Webster online:

Main Entry: futz
Pronunciation: ˈfəts
Function: intransitive verb
Etymology: perhaps part modification, part translation of Yiddish arumfartsn zikh, literally, to fart around
Date: circa 1930

slang : fool around 1 —often used with around Koegel

Today was one of those days when I futzed more than I wrote. I could blame it on the fact that my husband had a medical procedure this morning that took up my mental space, or that I was having fun finding a new theme and format for this blog (which I’m very happy with), or that I had a mild headache most of the day. The fact is, though, I was simply “futzing around without producing any worthwhile music”… or words. I need writers’ beano to prevent the futzing. For me, writers’ beano often means limiting my access to email and other ways to fart, er, futz around on the internet.

I have an hour between supper and the time when our family is scheduled to watch a movie: I will turn off my email and browser, open a Word document, and write as though my life depended on it. Then I can go to bed happy.

How do you futz around? What is your writers’ beano?