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  • n. Alternative spelling of small talk.


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  • They are deliberately and skillfully lured in with requests for help, invitations to look at a puppy, or by making small-talk and not letting it end in a normal fashion and pushing themselves on people who are timid or afraid of hurting someone else 'feelings.

    Judith Acosta, LISW, CHT: Nice But Not Good: The Art of Spotting Narcissists

  • This wasn't an ordinary family and they didn't want a typical meet-the-parents scenario, with polite, closed small-talk, facades, and nothing real being exchanged between us.

    Potsdamer Strasse #3

  • I talk to a lot of people throughout the course of my day; typically just small-talk focused upon the weekend or what athlete did steroids or got caught with a gun.

    Comically Challenged: The Amazing Spider-Man #617 « Giant Killer Squid - Film, Comics, News, Reviews and more

  • Everything that had felt false and forced about our small-talk conversations was punctured by this moment of truth.

    Fallin’ Up

  • The thing with Kim—and we made fun of her for this—is that she liked to spend time “connecting” with the audience, and her quick bursts of chat could often run into overly long monologues, like one of those inane, small-talk conversations between friends.

    Fallin’ Up

  • Essential clues in CAPS, editorial small-talk in lower case, so you can skip all my little useless and pointless comments if you like …

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • Her boss, she says, was in the office, and the two would exchange small-talk, but the e-mail would go unresolved.

    Bosses Behaving Badly

  • The old middle-class behaviours and values – self-restraint, deferred gratification, a degree of snobbery – have less relevance in a Britain where all classes scoff supermarket ready meals and small-talk about Britain's Got Talent.

    Is the British middle class an endangered species?

  • This could be a dick move, but it's also very difficult to make small-talk with someone who may or may not have undressed you.

    Meredith Fineman: Fifty First (J)Dates: Remember When I Saw You Naked?

  • I tapped into my small-talk reserves, trying to make her stick around, at least until Mary Jane or Whitney showed up.



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