In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- It witters on unconvincingly that having next of kin makes the decision less sovereign to the individual involved.
- ‘I get a bit fed up of people wittering on about their children,’ he says eventually.
- He witters on in a comedy falsetto about lutes, but doesn't seem to find what he's looking for up in the hills.
- Daughter #2 is still wittering on about a wedding but hasn't set a date.
- Why don't we spend hours dissecting our relationship, going into personal details and pointlessly wittering on, like I do with my girlfriends?
- He can, according to those who know him, witter on about pretty much anything, and at ear-numbing length.
- Nevertheless, La Girnie witters: ‘I'm amazed that there haven't been complaints from the militant feministas and their sisters that the sculpture fails to include a female.’
- Unfortunately, as a child, I was not given the opportunity to learn and as I have recently retired and have a little spare time on my hands, I thought it time to stop wittering on about it and bite the bullet.
- It gets really annoying at presentation ceremonies when some old duffer keeps wittering on, doesn't it?
- Married to a woman who spends most of their long-distance calls wittering on about what colour carpet to get for his study, Bob is adrift in a sea of loneliness and isolation.
- I entered a hazy phase where I was ‘holding court’ a little using the continuous, free-association form of discourse that my wife unkindly refers to as wittering.
- When I interrupt, as I'd been told I must, more often than not he'd briefly deal with whatever I was wittering on about and then plunge straight back into his own train of thought.
- Instead of lauding the likes of Mr Van Buitenen and Ms Andresen, he attacks them; instead of rooting out fraud, he witters on about non-existent success.
- Anyway, wittering aside, it's time to go to bed now.
- Please don't start wittering on about how Princes Street is a World Heritage Site with 90 historic listed buildings nestling between two conservation areas.
- Of course, after wittering on about how great going home via Cannon Street just after the rush hour is, what did I do tonight?
- The Mail has been wittering about a 'lack of proof’ for months.
- The paper asks him if he's taking hard drugs and - after wittering on for a long time - he points out that he's not taking heroin there and then.
- Besides, they've got this universal broad appeal, whereas all I'm doing is wittering on about obscure pop music.
- Meanwhile, his friend Noel Fielding, who can get surreal without the help of wheat beer, won't stop wittering about shamans and mermen and people made of biscuits.
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