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Chatterings: Webster's Quotations, Facts and Phrases [Download: PDF] [Digital]

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Familiar Quotations


All true language is incomprehensible, like the chatter of a beggar's teeth.
–Antonin Artaud

Love is only chatter, friends are all that matter.
–Gelett Burgess

Chatterings – "Cackle"

Language human language after all is, but little better than the croak and cackle of fowls, and other utterances of brute nature sometimes not so adequate.
–Nathaniel Hawthorne

Use in Literature


Whenever I rode out, I was obliged to secure his Highness the Prince with a stout cord to the fence, he chattering all the time like a madman.
–Thomas Bailey Aldrich in The Story of a Bad Boy.

The chattering crowd, with their rude jokes cried out from wagon to wagon, sometimes irritated him sharply.
–Sherwood Anderson in Winesburg, Ohio.

The soldiers sang, laughed, and chattered away.
–Mariano Azuela in The Underdogs [Mexican Revolt].

Having completed the preparations for escape, I took command of the vessel, and silenced the chattering crew.
–Samuel White Baker in The Albert N'Yanza, Great Basin of the Nile.

There was an extraordinary stillness where usually all was noise and chattering.
–Samuel White Baker in The Albert N'Yanza, Great Basin of the Nile.

However nonsensical these lads might be, the grave statesman envied their very follies; he liked their bragging and enjoyed the fun of their lively chatter.
–Honoré de Balzac in A Start in Life (tr Katharine Prescott Wormeley).

This chatterer believed himself an orator.
–Honoré de Balzac in Pierrette.

They were idiots of the kind that amuse themselves with chattering instead of setting themselves to knead the dough.
–Honoré de Balzac in The Country Doctor.

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