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"It's your turn. I've run out of pleasantries for the gauntlet."
Tags:conversation, conversations, conversation topic, conversation topics, topic, topics, theme, themes, small talk, making small talk, talking, pleasantry, pleasantries, running the gauntlet, gauntlet, gauntlets, modern life, acquaintance, acquaintance, friend, friends, neighbour, neighbours, neighbor, neighbors, mate, mates
"Any word back from the TED conference?"
Tags:ted talk, ted talks, conference, conferences, presentation, presentations, new idea, new ideas, idea, ideas, interest, interests, cat lady, cat ladies, cat person, cat people, cat lover, cat lovers, slideshow, slideshows, boring, topic, topics, tedious, tedium, uninteresting, interest, generate interest, generating interest, cat video, cat videos, innovator, innovators, innovating
The new city water-cooler-discussion ordinance goes into effect, and certain employees are banished to the balcony.
"Summer's here. Do you want to start talking incessantly about tomatoes or corn?"
Tags:season, seasons, summer, summertime, food, vegetable, vegetables, veggies, tomato, tomatoes, corn, corn on the cob, corn-on-the-cob, talking, discussing, speaking, conversing, topic, topics, theme, themes, fresh, local, produce, incessantly, endlessly, ceaselessly, never stops talking, agriculture, farm, farms, farming, farmer, farmers, market, markets, chef, chefs, cook, cooks, barbecue, barbecues, barbeque, barbeques
"Barishnykov vs. Nijinsky. Have we exhausted that?"
'I don't know why she says I didn't spend enough time looking for an interesting topic. Aardvarks are interesting.'
"I want to forewarn you—tonight's topic seems to be phallocentrism, and Jessica is in a take-no-prisoners mood."
Tags:phallocentric, phallocentrism, forewarn, forewarns, forewarning, warn, warns, warning, argue, argues, arguing, argument, arguments, sexist, sexists, sexism, conversation, conversations, feminist, feminists, feminism, militant feminist, militant feminists, radical feminist, radical feminists, gadfly, gadflies, identity politics, identity, identities, women, women's vote, topic, topics, conversation topic, conversation topics
"People who watched 'Donahue'-next on 'Geraldo'!"
After two hours of negotiations, a consensus is near on an official hashtag for the meeting.
"I can cure your back problem, but there's a risk that you'll be left with nothing to talk about."
Tags:harsh truths, hard truths, hard truth, honest, honesty, check-up, check up, check ups, check-ups, back, backpain, back pain, back-pain, nothing to talk about, nothing, conversation, topic, topics, check, checks, doctor, doctors, surgery, surgeon, surgeons, clinic, clinics, physician, physical, physical exam, exam, examination, appointment, appointments, doctor, doctors, healthy, healthily, healthy lifestyle, lifestyle, lifestyles, lifestyle change, get well, get well soon, fit, fitness
"Can't we just this once, for God's sake, stay on topic?"
Tags:relationship problem, relationship problems, problem, problems, distraction, distractions, distracting, dancer, dancers, ballet, ballerina, ballerinas, topic, topics, stay on topic, staying on topic, interpretive dance, interpretive dancer, interpretive dancers, argument, arguments, discussion, discussions, conversation, conversations, converse, converses, conversing
Worriers Support Group.
'Good grief, Martha - do we have to open that can of worms?'
"We do not discuss religion or politics in this office. I feel compelled to add to the list 'American Idol'."
"Take your pick—those people are talking schools. Next to them is real estate, and over by the stairs is money."
Tags:party, parties, cocktail party, cocktail parties, conversation, conversations, discussion, discussions, discussion topic, discussion topics, conversation topic, conversations topics, topic, topics, theme, themes, talking, discussing, conversing, small talk, real estate, property, properties, money, school, schools, schooling, education, communication
Muriel could no longer deny what she had feared for years. She was friggin' boring.
Tags:bore, bores, boredom, boring, personality flaw, personality flaws, personality, personalities, dull, dullness, conversation, conversations, small talk, small-talk, party, parties, conversationalist, conversationalists, topic, topics, socialise, socialize, socializing, socialising, self-realization, self-realisation
English conversation, Safe: Pets, weather,children. Unsafe: religion, politics,health problems.
Tags:ted, teddy, teddy bear, teddy bears, talk, topics, speak, speaker, speakers, media, professions, social issues, teach, teacher, education, training, conference, innovation, technology, telecommunications, creativity, expert, experts, professor, learning, higher learning, information, video, idea, ideas, internet, communication, secret, secrets, stuffed animals, inanimate, surprising, privacy, celebrity, kid, kids, child
'He had Pixar do a film dedicated to his topic. It was a great presentation.'
Masochists' Investment Club - today's topic: 'no pain, no gain'.
'My report is on preserving the environment.'
More cliches are near.
'Three things I don't think we should talk about ... politics, religion, and everything else!'
'I'm hoping he'll move onto another subject...'
Comedy Club: Tonight's Topic, Global Warming.