Posted by Barney Scott on December 04, 2000
In Reply to: The word for non-communicative communications posted by Bob on November 30, 2000
: : : I am looking for the word that describes phrases such as "I heard that!" "Been there, done that!" "Totally!" or other such space-fillers. I am drawing a blank.
: : : Thanks.
: : Interjections. (like "Ouch!" or "Wow!") Or: Nattering. Filling the air with idle chatter. (A phrase a coworker used. Not about me I hope.) Chin-wagging. Babble.
: How about: Verbal Styrofoam Peanuts
This may not be the word you're looking for, but a 'rumbelow' is a meaningless word, put in a sea-shanty, to keep the rhythm correct - from Chambers English Dictionary.