Today’s word of the day is mumblement, a low, indistinct utterance or mumbling speech. Of the places we see mumblement being used, we are particularly fond of this little description of the indolent: “idle yawning assistant, with legs stretched out, half asleep, mumblement, jumblement and all” (from The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope). A synonym of mumblement is mussitation, a noun form of mussitate.
Today’s word of the day is palaver, meaning “idle chatter” or “talk intended to charm or beguile.” It’s also a verb. It comes from the Portuguese palavra (though perhaps its Spanish cognate is more familiar to modern Angolophones: palabra), meaning “talk, speech, word.” The word seems to have been picked up by English sailors and travelers on the west coast of Africa, where Portuguese was the chief language spoken with Europeans.