Ahhhh! So many ways to talk the (English) talk!
The English language is constantly being populated with new words. No word demonstrates this more than the word ‘talk.’ From Olde English to today’s Urban Dictionary, people love putting a new spin on our very favorite human activity!
All about the work talk
The formal synonyms of the verb talk
speak, converse, say, discuss, confer, voice, utter, articulate, confabulate, orate, verbalize and vocalize,voice, enunciate, articulate, express or communicate.
Then we use the informal equivalents of talk
chat, chatter, gossip, yak, gab, jaw, go on, chew the fat/rag, natter, rabbit, twitter, rap, run off at the mouth, mouth, have a confab.
Here are some long-winded ways that just mean talk
speak to each other, discuss things, have a talk, have a chat, have a tête-à-tête, confer, consult each other, negotiate, have negotiations, parley, palaver.
It’s funny how many words there are to describe foolish, trivial, idle and nonsense talk!!
These words are mostly nouns, but some can be used as verbs which definitely fall into the category of slang (mostly of the US and Canadian kind)
garbage, hot air guff, moonshine, verbiage, claptrap, gobbledegook, tosh, hogwash, hokum, rigmarole, piffle, inanity, balderdash, bosh, eyewash, trumpery, tommyrot, horsefeathers, bunkum or buncombe, tattle, tattle-tale, trash. Oh, and blabber, blather, blab, maunder, prate, prattle, babble, rattle on, waffle, gabble, prattle and tattle.
Here are some more British slang words for nonsense talk.
Cobblers, bilge, drivel, tripe, baloney, bosh, humbug, rubbish, tommyrot, taradiddle, tarradiddle.
Jargon, lingo, patois, argot, vernacular, slang, cant are nouns that mean a language that is characteristic of a particular group.
And that’s more than enough of all this talk!