Today’s word of the day is snash, to talk saucily. It’s a Scots word, possibly related to the Danish snaske, meaning “gnash or champ one’s food with a smacking noise,” a cognate to the Swedish snaska ‘smack,’ and probably related to the Dutch snakken ‘chatter.’

Wordnik word of the day: palaver

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.