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Daemon
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natter

(verb) Talk socially without exchanging too much information.

Synonyms: chew the fat, chitchat, claver, confab, chat, jaw, shoot the breeze, confabulate, gossip, chaffer, chatter, visit

Usage: My teenage daughter can natter on the phone for hours.
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Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 4:44:25 AM
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"Nattering nabobs of negativism" stands out among the abusive epithets hurled at critics of the Vietnam War by then Vice President, Spiro T. Agnew. Agnew may have done more for alliteration and less for the Vice Presidency than any man in history.

According to Wikipedia,

"Agnew was known for his scathing criticisms of political opponents, especially journalists and anti-war activists. Emulating the "blistering blue barnacles" verbal style of Tintin's Captain Haddock with striking similarity, Agnew attacked his adversaries with relish, hurling unusual, often alliterative epithets, some of which were coined by White House speechwriters William Safire and Pat Buchanan, including "pusillanimous pussyfooters," "nattering nabobs of negativism" (written by Safire) and "hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history."[21] He once described a group of opponents as "an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals."[citation needed]"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiro_Agnew



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