Saturday, June 4, 2011

Palavering About Palaver

Palaver means:
  • Noun
    • Flattery intended to persuade
    • Loud and confused and empty talk
  • Verb
    • Speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
    • Influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
    • Have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of different backgrounds
    (Princeton's WordNet)
Some of the words and phrases WordNet uses as examples of a palaver or of palavering are
  • Blab
  • Blabber
  • Blandishment
  • Blarney
  • Cajole
  • Cajolery
  • Chatter
  • Clack
  • Coax
  • Empty words
  • Empty talk
  • Gabble
  • Gibber
  • Hot air
  • Inveigle
  • Maunder
  • Piffle
  • Prate
  • Prattle
  • Rhetoric
  • Sweet-talk
  • Tattle
  • Tittle-tattle
  • Twaddle
  • Wheedle
All of which have little if anything to do with parsley. Which is another topic.

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