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  • I grew up in urban Australia where, at that time, everyone knew what a palaver was. Rarely a verb it’s still used by those who like their language broad and colourful. It has a mildly perjorative sense as in, “What’s all this palaver?” There’s even a whiff of misogyny but this is possibly less than definitive.

    More than most I’ve inherited a love of idiom for its economy. Conveying more than formal language, it’s oblique, whimsical and fun–even mischievous! So long live the palaver, say I!

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