#AtoZChallenge: G is for GARRULOUS

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G 2015 (2)
Day 7, April 8





excessively talkative, especially on trivial matters.

“Polonius is portrayed as a foolish, garrulous old man”

synonyms: talkative, loquacious, voluble, verbose, chatty, gossipy, effusive, expansive, forthcoming, conversational, communicative informal: mouthy, gabby, gassy, windy, motor mouthed

My husband probably agrees with George Thorogood on occasion, especially when it comes to asking (not nagging – at least in my opinion) him to do something. My take on that? “Well honey, if you had done it when you promised to, there would be no need to remind you of it.” Or, “if you had answered me the first time, then I wouldn’t have to repeat the question”. See? It’s his own fault! 😉 As for the rest, I’m not the garrulous type, and gossip? Never! Your secrets are safe with me. Busybodies must have boring or unhappy lives, don’t you think? That would explain the Schadenfreude (a German word with no direct English translation, meaning to take pleasure in others’ misfortunes), they often exhibit.

P.S. I showed the video to hubby and he was nodding knowingly, throughout. Aww, come on!

“GARRULOUS” stems from the Latin “garrulus” (talkative); verb “garrio” (I chatter)

Do you talk too much?
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Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as “The Doglady”. Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal “hippie/rockchick”. Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!

55 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: G is for GARRULOUS

  1. That is a funny video Debbie and thanks for introducing me to a new word I never heard of! I am not at all garrulous, only perhaps when REALLY excited about something! So it doesn’t last too long! 😉 <3

  2. Garrulous? Yeah, that’s me…. although not especially this evening, it seems; I was told by your site that I hadn’t left enough of a comment…

    1. Hahaha! Well, the criteria is only 6 words. It’s an anti-spam measure. Sometimes the spam police does get a little out of line. Sorry about that. 🙂

  3. garriō (I chatter. Yes, I do!)
    garrīs (You [sing] chatter.)
    garrit (He/she/it chatters.)
    garrī́mus (We chatter.)
    garrī́tis (You [pl.] chatter.)
    garriunt (They chatter.)
    Love this post! Love words and especially Latin!

    1. Thanks for the Latin conjugation, Drusilla! 🙂 I never studied the language, but I am married to an Italian. Close enough? 🙂 Glad you’re enjoying the posts.

  4. Another very fun word. Love that word, garrulous! The video was a hoot, too. Just like effervescent people, overly chatty ones can be draining, too. Hubs can get very yappy if he’s nervous such as when we’re with his parents and he feels he has to fill the empty silence with lots of garrulous chatter. What’s wrong with silence? Sometimes I find it very refreshing and soothing.

    1. Agreed, Cathy, although I prefer music to silence. My hubby is not at all garrulous – I wish he would talk more – but he certainly thinks I am, sometimes. Like I said, it’s his own fault. 😉

  5. ummmmmm…. I am most definitely garrulous. And I’m not apologetic about it either 🙂 It’s one of the great joys in my life. And, I LOVE YOUR THEME BTW! My G post will be right up your alley LOL

    1. I can be talkative if the subject interests me, but idle chatter has never been my forté. Glad you enjoy my theme! 🙂 You’ve intrigued me enough to explore yours. Thanks for visiting.

  6. I’ve learned a new word. What does that mean! I mean I thought I knew them all. lol I know I don’t.

    Anyway, I’m not a big talker and I hate being trapped by one. Being quiet, I have found myself trapped between the wall and a garrulous talker at social events.

    I agree about busybodies. They cause so much trouble and for what?

    1. Plenty of words I don’t know either, Ann. Yes, getting trapped by a garrulous person can discomfitting.
      Busybodies live vicariously through others and I have no time for them, at all.

    1. I tend to talk too much when I’m enthused about something. Working alone all the time does lead to seeking out conversations, sometimes.

  7. I can be talkative because I love to tell stories or hanging with friends. But I have to say LT is way more than I am! I swear he loves to hear his own voice! LOL It works for us and takes away any awkwardness! LOL Stopping by from A to Z Challenge and love learning new words!

  8. I probably DO talk too much, but someone has to talk or I’ll go crazy, and since I’m the only one here, I do the talking; ostensibly, I’m talking to Russ, but since he never answers, I end up answering, so in either case, I’m probably crazy. What can I say?

  9. If you meet me in person, I’m basically quiet.
    But online I’m a bit of a chatterbox.
    I love your theme, Debbie. 🙂

    I love words.
    Words have feel… sound… nuances… texture…
    I love the many facets of words ~ the push and pull… the ebb and flow… the literal and figurative… the foreign and familiar … clarity and ambiguity… evocative and provocative…

    …and before you think I’m garrulous ———— I’m off!

  10. Hahaha… I’m definitely garrulous 😀 I spent a year doing journalism, and my interviews would run at least an hour, often two (one memorable occasion an unbelievable three)–which only made my job harder, since the pieces I was writing couldn’t be longer than 600 words. Two hours of information scrunched into 600 words… That was an exercise 😀 Great post, Debbie! (Yes, galiña is, indeed, chicken–so you’re in to win the Curaçao stories!)

    1. You must be a talented writer (and I know you are!) to accomplish that, Guilie. 🙂 I’d love to have the Curaçao stories – thanks for entering me in the contest.

    1. Welcome to The Den, Katie. 🙂 My husband isn’t much of a talker either and I question his listening skills, sometimes. (Especially when I’m “nagging” 😉 ) Thanks for visiting and have a good weekend.

  11. A new word to me. It drives me crazy when people talk too much. I’m a balanced talker: talk when I need or want to and quiet the rest of the time. I remember feeling bad for one of my ex’s friends: his girl talked incessantly, about nothing, and so much so that I just tuned her out. I thought “How can this guy stand being with this woman?” It was like she barely took a breath and it was constant chatter. Being around someone garrulous (good word!) would drive me batshit crazy! I liked the George Thorogood song. I didn’t include him in my G lineup today even though I did see him in concert (he was one of the opening acts for the Stones) because I just wasn’t a big fan. Although I do recall “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” being an anthem way back when. 🙂
    I love learning new words and this was a good one. (Oh and I finally figured out how to tweet your posts! I’m such a dumbass sometimes. Now that I know how to tweet from your site (I never noticed that before!) my little teeny weeny group of followers will be learning new words along with me…) XOXO

    1. I’ve never been good at mindless small talk either and people who chatter on incessantly are definitely annoying. 😛
      I thought this song was a great fit for the post. Not a huge fan either, but my favourite George Thorogood song is “Bad to the Bone” 😀
      The one you mentioned is good too!
      Thanks so much for the Tweet. It really is easy – just click on the Twitter share button. Rock on, sister! 🙂

  12. I guess I talk a lot with someone I am close to… but not much with others. I loved the German word… need to find out how to pronounce it.

    1. I am the same, Raj; never been what you’d call a “chatterbox”. As for “Schadenfreude”, let me oblige you, since I am German-born. 🙂 Shah-den-froy-duh, emphasis on the “Shah”.

  13. I was a friendly little chatterbox as a kid, hope I have improved a bit since then 🙂

  14. I probably talk to much at times, especially when getting together with family – we’re all talkers 🙂 This is a great word – one of those I can never quite remember what it is supposed to mean until I look it up. I always know vaguely, but have to make sure 🙂
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    1. Talking a lot is fine, as long as there’s something to say. 🙂 I carry on when excited about something, but never chatter mindlessly or gossip about others. Glad you liked the word choice for today. Thanks for visiting!

    1. Some environments are more conducive to conversation than others. I tend to be more quiet in large groups. Thanks for visiting! 🙂

  15. Great word, but I haven’t ever used it. Wish I could view the video, but Germany has such strict GEMA laws.
    Like you, Debbie, I’m not the garrulous type; but my husband and my DIL are. When they get together I escape to the kitchen. I don’t get how they can go on and on jumping from one unbelievably boring topic to the other. Gosh… I just realized… am I boring you? Hee hee

    1. That’s too bad about the video – it was such fun! I think this one will work, but it’s not as good:
      My husband is only garrulous when speaking to his buddies and relatives in Italian. 🙂 Could be the language barrier, although his English is good now. When I first met him, he could barely speak it at all, but that was in 1971. 🙂
      You could never be boring, Angelika!

  16. This is one word that I don’t know that I’ve ever actually used. I like “loquacious” a bit better but even that sounds unnatural to use though I have used it at times. I think I just usually say that someone talks too much.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host

    1. I was going to use “loquacious” for L originally, but it would have been too similar to this one. “Garrulous” reminds me of “quarrel”, which happens sometimes when hubby and I have words – well, mostly I’m the one with the words! 😉

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