I have seen the word for mushroom [蘑菇, mógū] to be an action such as dilly dally.

Is this an inherent idiom in the written language apparent across a large spectrum of dialect, whereas the word mushroom connotes, from some reason such an action? Or is it local to spoken dialects of Manderin?

  • It is not called idiom, it is an expression,. Some Cantonese know this term but never use it
    – Tang Ho
    Aug 16, 2019 at 18:29

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I heard it's being used especially by older people in northest region. For example, 别蘑菇了,老蘑菇什么.

It's a synonym of 磨蹭. Maybe, 蘑菇 sounds folksy.

You might find it's used in some old novels as well.

  • Saw it in Harry Potter!
    – Dr. Shmuel
    Aug 18, 2019 at 7:52
  • @Dr.Shmuel It's interesting. Is it a Chinese version of Harry Potter?
    – dan
    Aug 18, 2019 at 8:59
  • Yes a translation.
    – Dr. Shmuel
    Aug 18, 2019 at 23:15

I was told it sounds like 东北话。I'm sure they just writ wrong!

There is:

磨蹭 or 磨叽, 磨磨叽叽 which have a meaning 'dawdle'.

zdic has:



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