In So Many Words

Info-Comics by Larry Paros

When to Shut Up

The Key Root for this column: None

Minor roots: Latin: pater: "Father."

Words and Phrases List

Pater Noster, Paternity, patriot, patronage, patronize, patriarch, patter

beating gums, flapping ones chops, the gift of gab

Thoughts for Today

  1. What do you consider to be a "wasteful" conversation?
  2. Why do you think "gab" is considered a gift?
  3. Do you have the gift of gab? If not, do you wish you did?
  4. How much do you and your friends engage in patter?
  5. Why do we use expressions, such as "Have a good day, now"?