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Friday, January 25, 2013

brabble

\BRAB-uhl\ , verb;
1.
To argue stubbornly about trifles; wrangle.
noun:
1.
Noisy, quarrelsome chatter.
Quotes:
But even in the monkish idleness of Cambridge where there was more time to brabble in than ever I knew before or since, for we were fed by others, and taught by others, and kept as safe as the ancient monks from the perils of the world's hunger and homelessness and pain, we saw ourselves as the swords of change.
-- Mary Lee Settle, I, Roger Williams
Braver hearts never beat in English breasts, yet do but mark how they brabble and clamour like clowns on a Saturday night.
-- Arthur Conan Doyle, Micah Clarke
Origin:
Brabble comes from the Dutch word brabbelen which meant "to quarrel, jabber."
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