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Mulling/milling around in NYC

Posted by ESC on August 15, 2003

TV people on CNN keep saying that New Yorkers are "mulling around." Shouldn't that be "milling around"? Are they just plain wrong or is there a new meaning for "mulling" in addition to "pondering??

(Merriam-Webster online)

Main Entry: 1mull
Pronunciation: 'm&l
Function: verb
Etymology: Middle English, from mul, mol dust, probably from Middle Dutch; akin to Old English melu meal -- more at MEAL
Date: 15th century
transitive senses
1 : to grind or mix thoroughly : PULVERIZE
2 : to consider at length : PONDER -- often used with over
intransitive senses : MEDITATE, PONDER