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  • noun Flirtatious talk that leads nowhere.


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From the Ancient Greek σφάλλω (sphallō, "to stumble") and λαλιά (lalia, "talking").


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  • Flirtatious talk that does not lead to amorous action. (WordCraft)

    May 23, 2008

  • Well, it darn sure sounds as though it will.

    May 23, 2008

  • Sounds more like an infection brought on by flirtatious talk that DID lead to amorous action!

    May 23, 2008

  • eew.

    May 24, 2008

  • How aptronymic! sickly sweet just like the idle flirtation it describes.

    July 18, 2008

  • Spin.

    July 18, 2008

  • Bilby, are you referring perhaps to the word spall?

    July 18, 2008

  • No, spin was the first word that came into my head. And not blessed with earnest cogitation at 5.14pm on a Friday afternoon ...

    July 18, 2008

  • *Flirtatious talk that does not lead to amorous action.*

    Not if you say it like that, Whichbe.

    July 31, 2008

  • ~ Ha ha! Look at this ...! Sphallolalia, Illustrated

    ~ "If you read Gary Farber, you already know he was "engaged in apodyopsis after sadly and involuntarily being colposinquanonic, which resulted in exsibilation, but also to sphallolalia<." And a lot of other things." ~From the Peevish ...I'm Just Saying Blog

    ~From the Greek sphallo, make to fall + -lalia, chatter


    January 19, 2009

  • JM avoids sphallolalia except when professionally done.

    April 2, 2010