Nice article. I feel well informed without being overwhelmed by specialist detail. I found the discussion of cultural and gender differences in the kinds of small talk that are acceptable to be especially interesting. My compliments to the editors of this article.—Blanchette (talk) 19:52, 2 February 2010 (UTC)
- Hear, hear! Max (talk) 15:25, 26 March 2010 (UTC)
- I'm just impressed that there's even page for "small talk." And that there's a talk page for "small talk." Oh, Wikipedia, will your wonders never cease? dkamouflage (talk) 19:57, 19 September 2012 (UTC)
Definitional problems / inconsistency
The intro defines small talk as any non-necessary or non-transactional conversation, including "conversation for its own sake." Wouldn't that definition include a lot of the "biggest," most meaningful conversation, such as on one's deepest fears and hopes, or on the meaning of life? To me that is the opposite of "small talk," which is so called because it covers trivial matters, and is seen as pointless, something that we engage in only to avoid the social discomfort of not talking. At least, that's what I think of when I hear the phrase. After all, it is pejorative.
Maybe I am misreading because a later section gives the usual examples of small talk: the weather, sports, etc.
And yet under "Gender Differences," women are described as using small talk to share secrets and strengthen emotional bonds. Again, seems like the opposite of small talk.
But if we go back to "Purpose," it says that small talk has seemingly "little useful purpose," and is a "ritual" and "a strategy for managing interpersonal distance." (emphasis added) Bottom line I see two definitions of small talk going on here... one "small" and one "big"... Or am I mistaken? 220.127.116.11 (talk) 06:25, 12 February 2012 (UTC)
People using animal sounds as small talk
I deleted the following section:
"Some couples use different non-human, mostly pet-related sounds (like soft barking or meowing) in greeting and some other situations instead of small talk."
Origin of term in Malinowski
The swedish version of this page appears to be saying that the saying was invented by a polish anthropologist (working in the UK) called Malinowski. Is this true, any one--2001:708:110:201:216:CBFF:FEBD:2D9C (talk) 12:39, 25 March 2014 (UTC)?