from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Idle talk; chatter
We know that our political sphere is healthy when, first, everyone who wants to be a "participant in government" can in fact have access to it; and second, when the talk that takes place there is viewed not as mere bavardage or spin, but as one of the chief and most valuable expressions of public liberty.
Representative assemblies are often taunted by their enemies with being places of mere talk and bavardage.
Though bavardage accounted for much of the general knowledge of every one's affairs, there was an uncanny mystery in the speed at which a particular secret spread.
The sentimental bavardage of boys in love will be lost upon me.
Philosophically speaking, this is what Kierkegaard called idle talk, snakke in Danish; what Heidegger called Gerede; what Sartre called bavardage.
“P.S. To prevent bavardage, I prefer going in person to sending my servant with a letter.
The word 'bavardage' comes ultimately from a French word meaning 'saliva, drool'.