|"The Discussion" by Harry Wilson Watrous|
[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 ...