Friday, April 07, 2006

My New Favorite Phrase

My new favorite phrase:
"nattering on"
Definition:
nat·ter - To talk idly; chatter.
Usage example:
"Louise was nattering on about something or other. I wasn't really paying attention. I think it was something about how she knows more than you, because she knows the part in 'Billy Boy' about 'She's a young thing and cannot leave her mother,' and you always forget it."

4 comments:

  1. I, too, am a fan of nattering. Well, the term. Maybe not so much the practice.

    Perhaps we can spread it, intercontinental-style. (Frankly, I think it has more legs than "primate titty", but who am I to crush your dreams?)

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  2. You are learning that children always know more than their parents!!!

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  3. "more legs than 'primate titty'"

    I guarantee that's the first occurence of that phrase in the history of the English language.

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  4. I normally wouldn't have thrown these particular two cents in, since they don't really contribute to the conversation-as-attempt-to-understand-
    others-and-the-world, but I cannot pass up the newly possible connection of Spiro Agnew to the phrase "primate titty".
    Spiro Agnew used to talk about press people being "nattering nabobs of negativism."
    Lemme know if you get any searches for the two together.

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