Tuesday, 2 April 2013


Bavardage, Chatting, Gossip, Friends, Women
"The Discussion" by Harry Wilson Watrous


Noun. E19.
[French, from bavarder to chatter, from bavard talkative, from bave saliva, drivel]

Idle gossip, chit-chat.

Bavardage and badinage are confusingly similar (I do wonder if I'm going to struggle to remember the difference, especially when I'm trying to be witty and sophisticated). Both, however, are supremely gratifying in the right setting and with the right people. If you're feeling too tired or lazy to engage in a spot of badinage, retreat to the meandering refuge of bavardage; solving the world's problems over a glass of wine or pint of beer, grumbling about the state of modern youth or how that friend (you know the one) can be so insufferably irritating. In a world of WiFi and smartphones, there's not enough bavardage; we need it, it's good for us. I think I'm going to turn off my computer right now and go and find someone to chat to ...


  1. The lady on the left of the picture looks like she's hardly enjoying the conversation that seems to be entirely about the lady on the right. That one seems like a self-absorbed bitch. And her dog looks like one of those mean ankle-biters. Humpf, I don't like her.

  2. Well Bibi ... just between you and me ... the one on the right has just discovered her husband is having an affair (oh it's quite the scandal!). She's announcing her intention to leave, of course, but the backfriend on the left has heard it all before and knows she will never give up her lavish lifestyle for the sake of a mere amourette ...

    1. Where did you hear?! Does she know with who her husband dared to cheat? OOooooh! I bet it's that sneaky one on the right, pretending to be a good friend while actually she's the one causing the one on the right such mysery! A true backfriend indeed! She even got me!

      Would you like another piece of cake, by the way? I was thinking of getting some more but if you won't then maybe I shouldn't either.

    2. Oh our little backfriend has her own motivations, don't you worry. She's had her eye on that little canine for some time (knowing what a valuable pedigree it is). She knows that if the marriage holds together, it's only a matter of time before that dog is given the boot on account of the husband's fur allergies (although I have heard they're rather affected).

      And no I won't if you don't mind - "A minute on the lips is a lifetime on the hips ..."

    3. If all of this is true, then Bravo TV will probably give them their own reality show.

    4. Oooh! With me and Bibi as scriptwriters? You can be director of photography, Evi ... and ... Gemma ... well I don't really know you, but your blog looks a lot of fun so you'll be something equally creative : o )

  3. lol Thanks so much for your comment on my blog name! You just made my day! I also enjoyed your blog entry here. I am a lover of words, so you now have a new follower. Have a lovely evening.