You know the idea that animals develop similar features if they have to make a living from the same sort of environment?
Kangaroos and deer, for instance, have quite similar grass-nibbling heads even though they're not even forty-fifth cousins.
Well, words can be a bit like that, and yabber is a rather lovely example.
Yabber is a fabulous Australian word which means talk, or, as we've been saying in English since the 1400s, jabber.
Yabber can be used either to describe the action of having a yabber, or the talk itself.
Yabber and jabber. Is the similarity a coincidence? Well, I doubt it, though the words don't seem to be any more related than deer and kangaroos.
But still, the thing is, do we want to yabber? Isn't it a bore when someone starts yabbering on?
Well, sometimes. But in a word of computers I'm beginning to think of it as more and more of a luxury, and so personally I find I'm all for it.
Yabba dabba doo!
Thing To Do Today: yabber. The chances are that this word comes from the Australian native Wuywurung language, in which yaba means to speak.