S for Sphallolalia #AtoZChallenge

Sphallolalia

Meaning: flirtatious talk that leads nowhere

Etymology: From the Ancient Greek σφάλλω ‎(sphállō, to stumble) and λαλιά ‎(laliá, talking).

Pronunciation: sfa-lo-lay-lia

Usage in a sentence: “Her talks were complete sphallolalia, but I’d never been spoken to like that before. And I liked it.” 

sphallolalia

You would have probably figured out by now that ‘1710’ in my blog address and Twitter ID stands for my birthday. This puts me into the zodiac sign Libra. So when anyone asks me why I get so flirty at times, I blame it on my star sign.

The word “sphallolalia” doesn’t really mean flirty behaviour. It indicates a type of flirting, in which flirty talks are conducted but not needed. The flirty talks that will lead to nothing in the future. The type of conversations you have with cute random strangers. You know you are never going to meet this person again, so what’s the harm in talking in a lovey-dovey way with them?

Some examples of sphallolalia are:

  1. A student flirting with a teacher. And vice versa. (“Psst. It’s not always sphallolalia in these cases. It could hint towards serious commitment, in certain types of people.”~Fab)
  2. An elderly lady calling the cashier at the shopping mall ‘honey’ or ‘sweetie pie’. (“This completely grosses me out. Eeww. Kill me before I start doing this.” ~Fab)
  3. This type of conversation:
    “You first!”
    “No, no, you first!”
    “Oh that’s so sweet, but really you should go in first!”
    “No, please do so.”
    “Okay, let’s both go in together.”
    These conversations that take place near entrances to rooms or buildings. Typically, this conversation is held by two people- a boy who is totally chivalrous, and a girl who has no idea that the guy is just being chivalrous, not flirty, and hence she tries to be super-flirty with him. (“The best part is the way the girl blushes after entering the room/building. And the guy is just staring into the air, totally clueless about the flutter he caused in that girl’s brain”~Fab)
  4. Ever wanted to get into a theatre to catch an adult movie? Or have you wanted to try a ride at a theme park, but unfortunately didn’t fulfill the height/weight/age criterion? You may have employed harmless flirting at that time. You now know what to call it. (“We should try this once, don’t you think so?”~ Fab)

That’s my list for most seen cases of sphallolalia in my vicinity. Do add to the list, if there’s something I’ve missed 🙂

~Word-Scavenger

Information sourced at Wiktionary.

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31 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow !
    Good to know this one :p
    The examples you given are perfect ones 😂😂

    And he he so cleverly taken your side that its not your mistake but of stars 😂😂

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      It’s a nice word to know, no?

      But it really is the mistake of my stars! *gives cute innocent look*

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  2. Me Otherwise says:

    Woah!! Quite a tongue twister there.. Should try and use it probably in my writing!!!

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      It would make a good blog post! Do try it out soon 🙂

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  3. Vinay Leo R. says:

    Can’t pronounce the word. 😛 But yeah, perfect examples. 😀

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      It is quite a tongue-twister! 😛

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  4. kalaravi16 says:

    Hahaha, the examples are too cute! The word however is a spelling nightmare!
    @KalaRavi16 from
    Relax-N-Rave

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      Aren’t they? 🙂
      I was typing the word again in the search bar, and I made a mistake *hides face*

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  5. My Era says:

    While the examples are sweet, I’m left wondering if #3 actually qualifies as being sphallolia. The word is quite a tongue twister and nowhere close to me remembering its correct spelling.
    {Hugs} to a fellow Libran ❤

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      It does, but only from one point of view. Like, the boy doesn’t have any intention of flirting, but the girl assumes that he is, and therefore starts flirting. So, she isn’t really flirting with the intention of flirting, she’s just trying to reply back to something which she feels is flirting!

      The explanation seems really lame now that I’ve typed it out *hides face*

      *hugs* I’m sure you could relate to the fault in my stars 😛

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  6. CM says:

    Well when it concerns people I like .. am all for some Sphallolalia 🙂 A little harmless flirting hurts no one and is quite healthy actually .. whats your experience been like ? Share share 🙂

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      It’s good to indulge in sphallolalia when the opposite party knows you very well. Or if it’s in a setting where two people are not expected to meet again. But otherwise, it surely is a bad idea.

      No no. That’s top secret 😉

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      1. CM says:

        For a 17 year old you talk about the subject of Romance with a lot of authority wink wink

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  7. Sunila Vig says:

    Haaa, how cute is that, Thanks for the new word Mithila. Flirty Libran hmmm 😉

    http://www.sunilavigauthor.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/shachi-and-indra-poem-in-two-parts.html

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      I’m glad you liked the word, Sunila 🙂
      What’s your sun sign?

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  8. Modern Gypsy says:

    LOL! Such cute examples!!
    But if a girl says “Let’s indulge in some sphallolalia to pass the time” – I wonder how many boys will run away screaming {because the girl’s too smart for them}.
    Love your words everyday!!

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      True! The boys would tell their friends too to beware of this girl 😛

      Thank you so much dear 🙂

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  9. Definitely a word I did not know… but oh boy! Have I been on the other side of this a lot 🙂

    My entry for the #AtoZChallenge –
    10 Times Star Trek: The Next Generation Boldly Went Where No Other Show Dared

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      Aaww poor you! The perfect revenge would be to indulge in sphallolalia from the correct side then 😛

      Me and Star Trek. We haven’t met each other at all 😀

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  10. Hahaha, been there, done that 😉

    Loved the examples though.

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      Thank you so much, Soumya ❤

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  11. inquisitivegeet says:

    There are so many sphallolalia examples around us and the ones you quoted are just perfect!

    Cheers
    Geets

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      Glad you liked them, Geets 🙂

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  12. richajindal says:

    Cool post again
    @2richajindal
    http://richajindal.com/good-life/

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  13. Shilpa Garg says:

    Aah! Now I know what to call a colleague. He indulges in a lot of sphallolalia. I think it’s compulsive for him!

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      He could be called a sphallolalist. 😀
      Some people are just wired like that: flirting with no real intention of flirting!

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  14. Shalzzz says:

    Lol! Love those examples and the usage is great too. This is going into my vocabulary 😛

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      Hehehe. The examples truly are fab *puts on cool specs* *starts showing off*
      Thank you so much, Shalini 🙂

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  15. StyleBurp says:

    New word added in vocabulary. Thanks for sharing the mindset, coz at times, I also being chivalrous and stuck in the same situation, from onwards, if same situation occurs, time to go first and let the lady comes second…. 😉 😛 😀 Loved it. Keep writing and sharing new words… 🙂

    @bloggerabhi1 from
    StyleBurp

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