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as in:  talking drivel

Too much television is brain-rotting drivel.
  worthless talk or information
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  • Too much television is brain-rotting drivel.
  • Most critical writing is drivel and half of it is dishonest.
    Raymond Chandler
  • I’ve learned that music is a very powerful force, not to be trivialized or watered down or manufactured into soul-less, mindless drivel.
    Christine Anderson
  • We love to hear them prate and drivel and lie.
    Mark Twain  --  The Innocents Abroad

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  • Does this mean all that drivel about the Augurs being possessed by spirits of the dead is true?
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Mrs. Brown, unbelievably, was more inefficient than I was in compiling the drivel and trivia demanded by the higher administrators.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • ’Don’t drivel,’ said Peter.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • I was about to retreat to my shack, if only to get away from his drivel, when I heard Nila screaming my name from inside the main house.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • It was mostly drivel, but I did talk with a man who knew where the oil was taken.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • "Dear Valentine"—Miss Williams began reading the badly rhymed childish drivel.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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  • How droll the stains one sees on fine-laced doublets, From gall of envy, or the poltroon’s drivel!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • With six eyes he was weeping, and over three chins trickled the tears and bloody drivel.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • "They’re teaching a lot of drivel nowadays," he answered, "but there are a few courses I like."
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • My writing’s all mixed up, I’m jump— ing from one thing to another, and sometimes I seriously doubt whether anyone will ever be interested in this drivel.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • She gets you a job on the paper and then you go and slate her drivel to Jaysus.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Adieu, goodman drivel.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • Shut up that drivel.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Did anyone ever hear such drivel?
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • I have an extremely low tolerance for drivel.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • After a while he took out his mobile and called Tony Scala, a freelance journalist who made a living writing drivel for men’s magazines.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • He had had a beautiful and eager young wife and another man had taken her away from him and had fathered his child, and all he had done was to walk away, leaving her in possession of everything he owned, and crawl into a hole in the slums and lie there like a wounded animal and let his intellect bleed away into pious drivel and his strength bleed away into weakness.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • They say there is no fool like an old fool, but I say there is no fool like a young one; and I am astonished that anyone with a medical degree would allow himself to be imposed upon by such a blatant piece of charlatanism and preposterous tomfoolery as a "Neuro-hypnotic trance," which is second in imbecility only to Spiritism, Universal Suffrage, and similar drivel.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Charles: if you must drivel, drivel like a grown-up man and not like a schoolboy.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • Had he known what drivel filled his head, he would have shouted.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • Circles, chevrons, arrows, birds, mucho mystical drivel, and I was trying to absorb it all.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • What is this drivel I’m coming out with?
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • Let her listen to that fool’s drivel about blindness and vinegar all her life.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • He’d heard the man talked a lot of drivel before getting the knife in, but he’d never heard anything like this before.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • Fill a whole column with drivel, just to get in that one important line.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • "What I hate is this idiotic drivel about ’I am God—I am man—I ride the winds—I look through the smoke—I am the life sense.’
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • "Drivel," the gunslinger said shortly.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • "Drivel!" retorted Rasmussen, shaking his head.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • That’s when normal rules no longer apply, and any drivel can be printed."
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • And then he added, "It seems to me you’re talking drivel, that you’re a little muddleheaded.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Charles: if you must drivel, drivel like a grown-up man and not like a schoolboy.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • Enough with this drivel—we are already late.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • LOMAX [out of countenance] Well, drivel is drivel, don’t you know, whatever a man’s age.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • But the drivel is never accidental, Dominique.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • LOMAX [out of countenance] Well, drivel is drivel, don’t you know, whatever a man’s age.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • "In the first place, it is blasphemous and drivel," she said.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • At the first sign of trouble, he calls me into his office and asks me-casually, in the midst of the most irrelevant drivel-what Miss Taggart used to do in such an emergency.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • In good society in England, Charles, men drivel at all ages by repeating silly formulas with an air of wisdom.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • Oh, just a lot of drivel.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • He talks a lot of drivel.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • Only long enough to digest that harmless drivel of a sermon we endured this morning.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Arrah, bloody end to the paw he’d paw and Alf trying to keep him from tumbling off the bloody stool atop of the bloody old dog and he talking all kinds of drivel about training by kindness and thoroughbred dog and intelligent dog: give you the bloody pip.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • "Mother," he said harshly, "that part of it is pure drivel—about my having a chance with Dominique.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • That’s drivel," Leamas declared.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
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