Tittle -tattle: Light informal conversation for social occasions. Speak about unimportant matters rapidly and incessantly. It also refers to gossiping.
Origin – Early 17th century; earliest use found in William Watson (?1559–1603), Roman Catholic priest and conspirator. From tittle-tattle + -er.
I daresay idle tittle-tattle is very wrong and unkind, but it is so often true, isn’t it. – Agatha Christie
If I could state what my absolute gift is, I would have to say tittle tattling might just be it. I bavardage consistently and incessantly, chitting and chatting throughout the day. It’s how I handle stress. It’s what I do when I get nervous. I can’t seem to help myself. As I watch the expressions change from interest to discomfort, I realize that once again I have over-communicated. I sometimes scream at myself to be quiet. It doesn’t help.
Sometimes I wish that I could stop you from talking
When I hear the silly things that you say
I think somebody better put out the big light
‘Cause I can’t stand to see you this way ~ Elvis Costello
I have been accused frequently of chin-wagging, gabfesting, blabbing, verbally vomitting, piffling, prattling, twaddling, yammering, confabulating, schmoozing, blathering-blithering-blethering, palavering, clacking, and clucking. It’s all true. Though it drives many crazy. It’s what sells. However, what i do NOT do is simply tittle OR tattle.
“… I wonder why she hasn’t spread the tale.”
“The only reason she would not is if she is ill or the story would somehow reflect badly on herself,” replied Lady Badgery. “Otherwise, Portia Troutbridge has never been known to keep a scandal to herself.”
“Oh, I do hope she is ill!” exclaimed Truthful. “I mean, only just ill enough to keep the news quiet for a little longer. Is that too dreadful of me?”
“Not at all,” announced Lady Badgery. “It is a very reasonable desire. In the case of Portia Troutbridge I myself would wish for something much more severe. Scarlet fever, perhaps. Or the plague.”