small talk


  • 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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  • Fran Lebowitz
    “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
    “Intimacies between women go backwards, beginning with revelations and ending up in small talk without loss of esteem.”


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

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.

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