What is the meaning of ‘loll and slop and lounge about’ in Roald Dahl’s poem “Television”?
- ‘loll’ means ‘to sit, lie, or stand in a lazy, relaxed way’.
- ‘slop’ here means ‘to sit in an untidy and disorganised manner’.
- ‘lounge’ means ‘to lie, sit, or stand in a relaxed or lazy way’.
So, you see, basically the three words mean almost the same, i.e., to sit or lie in a lazy and casual manner, as the children do in front of a television set, as the poet has observed.
Here the poet meant to say that the television completely hypnotizes the children and children sit in a lazy, casual and relaxed manner and gape at the television screen all the time and becomes completely unaware about their surrounding activities.