small talk

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n small talk light informal conversation for social occasions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Small talk light or trifling conversation; chitchat.
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Quotations

  • Fran Lebowitz
    Fran%20Lebowitz
    “Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine.”
  • Tobias S. Gibson
    Tobias S. Gibson
    “Great people talk about ideas. Small people talk about other people.”
  • Elizabeth Bowen
    Elizabeth%20Bowen
    “Intimacies between women go backwards, beginning with revelations and ending up in small talk without loss of esteem.”

Usage

In literature:

Her shyness had worn off to some extent; she danced rather well, and had learned to make small talk.
"The Californians" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
One would think he was a small god, to hear you talk.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
The small boys trooped along behind, talking excitedly among themselves.
"Frank Merriwell's Cruise" by Burt L. Standish
How big the man talks to the small boy!
"The Grammar School Boys of Gridley" by H. Irving Hancock
Their talk was all of small things, or the unimportant events of the past.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
Mary had jumped up on the small stage and was talking with a group of young men and women.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
The other was a very small boy, just beginning to learn to talk.
"Rollo in Paris" by Jacob Abbott
It could be found only in small quantities, and the hunters began to talk loudly of the Prieto.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
There was but little chance of escape from Daisy and her small talk.
"The Bishop's Secret" by Fergus Hume
You may suppose the small talk which takes place between him and Lucifer upon these matters is not quite canonical.
"The Works of Lord Byron" by Lord Byron
When Mr. Maynard arrived he was surprised to find men gathered into small groups, talking in loud and almost angry voices.
"Marjorie's Busy Days" by Carolyn Wells
There was no small talk between himself and the checker.
"Anchorite" by Randall Garrett
Do not become a distributer of the small talk of a community.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
They are glad to feel, for instance, that the ocean is so small they can talk with their friends while they are crossing it.
"Walter and the Wireless" by Sara Ware Bassett
She was talking to something, and raised her small forefinger to emphasize her words.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
She did dance beautifully, and had no lack of the small talk of the day.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
You'd think he might have picked up a little small talk as well as a fortune, but no.
"Moor Fires" by E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
He also talked about the rights of small nationalities.
"Lady Bountiful" by George A. Birmingham
During the meal itself my solicitor and I indulged in the ordinary small-talk of the pleasure-loving world.
"Happy Days" by Alan Alexander Milne
Their talk lingered on the water; small voices that yet sounded strong.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
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In poetry:

So yet you're here at this resort.
I should have found you in this hall
At five, instead of vain small talk
I shared and wagging of my tongue.
"Things of great worth shall come to pass..." by Boris Pasternak
Since Adonis was gored in Idalia, and the Cytharean
Ran crying with out-spread hair,
In vain, you call back the shade,
In vain, Cynthia. Vain call to unanswering shadow,
Small talk comes from small bones.
"Homage To Sextus Propertius - VI" by Ezra Pound

In news:

Small Talk – The Presidential Debate, Decisions.
The Power of Small Talk.
Mastering the art of executive small talk.
Instead of taking a break, she immediately followed with "Small Talk," her eighth collection of poetry.
12 tips for making small talk.
Small talk ends when GOP boss' name comes up.
On real humanitarian relief, Erdogan talks big and gives small.
Ayn Rand didn't know how to make small talk.
With the coming election and the constant coverage on just about every news channel, it can be hard to steer clear of politics while making small talk at work.
United Nations climate talks ran into overtime on Friday night, as diplomats pressed for whatever small advantage they could achieve.
Create small talk by asking about how their day is going or what they like to do for fun.
This week on The Marketplace of Ideas, Colin Marshall talks to Richard Eoin Nash, who ran the acclaimed small publisher Soft Skull Press from 2001 to March of this year.
There was a lot of talk at the company water cooler during the presidential campaign about which candidate could "save" small business.
Who is talking about Medicare, Social Security, small government and employee choices.
Talk about the large and small ways that empowerment took place.
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In science:

It has been realized that chiral random matrix theory (RMT) is a suitable tool to compute the distribution and the correlations of the small Dirac eigenvalues, see the talk by Verbaarschot in these proceedings and references therein.
Predictions of chiral random matrix theory and lattice QCD results
Small viscosity effects in flow were also found by Teaney and Dusling and by Chaudhuri (see his talk here): with tensor correction at the freezout time dominating v2 (pt ) as Teaney originally suggested. D.
Quark-Gluon Plasma - New Frontiers
This was a very optimistic talk: putting in only a small number of ingredients, such as a unification structure and R symmetry, the authors found interesting results for the flavor structure, neutrino see-saw, supersymmetry breaking, and the µ-problem.
Recent Progress in Formal Theory
Problems with Monte Carlo simulations of small-x coherent effects were discussed in the talk by Marchesini.
Theory Summary: International Symposium on Multiparticle Dynamics 2008
We are indeed in right to talk about decay rates here because the decay products were collected over a time τ obviously very small in comparison to the decay time τL .
Crucial tests of the existence of a Time Operator
After this talk was given, preliminary data on Bs → J/ψφ from the LHCb experiment were presented also showing a preference for an effect in the same direction, although still with a small significance.
New physics searches in flavour physics
But the predicted effect is small and, at present, the LHC experiments have not yet reached a sufficient sensitivity (see the talks by Tosi and Helsens).
Concluding Talk: A Theorist Overview on Particle Physics
In fact, because the Newtonian limit is singular, it would be more accurate talk about the small-velocity, weak field limit of GR, which is qualitatively different from Newtonian gravity [69, 72–81].
Backreaction in late-time cosmology
When interpreted using a model of hydrodynamic flow 7 with a model for the density fluctuations at the initial time, the results suggest that the viscosity is quite small, as illustrated in Fig. 1 from the talk of R.
Through a glass, darkly: theory summary
In his summary talk, Keith Ellis quoted an updated average, αMS (MZ ) = 0.119(4), which is almost 3σ higher than the lattice result. I think that this near agreement is a success of LQCD, and that it is too early to make anything out of the small discrepancy.
Recent Progress in Lattice QCD
This summary talk only reviews a small sample of topics featured at this symposium: .
Geometry of Multihadron Production
The corresponding histogram from neighboring pixel (3,9), which is not on the ring, is shown in Fig. 5c; clearly the cross-talk between adjacent pixels is small, although not completely negligible.
In-beam Tests of a Ring Imaging Cerenkov Detector With a Multianode Photomultiplier Readout
Why the talk of narrow transitions in the previous paragraph? It is because simple Doppler cooling leads to the well-known Doppler cooling limit kB TD ≃ ¯hΓ/2, assuming the recoil energy is small compared to ¯hΓ (this applies in a trap as well as to free atoms).
The Ion Trap Quantum Information Processor
One such indication in fact was included in Gaardho je’s talk: it is recent analysis of the Coulomb effects seen in π+/π− ratio at small pt .
Physics of Heavy Ions Collisions: The Summary of Moriond-97
The goal of this talk is to review the status of the understanding of nonperturbative QCD at small distances,, that has been reached in our working group.
In combat with nonperturbative QCD
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