What does small talk mean?


Idiom Meaning:

polite conversation about unimportant topics


Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:


Black Mirror “White Christmas” (2014)

Time of Scene: ~00:12:00

Matt: Harry, engage in conversation, but be cynical. Right? Cutting. Like Bonnie and Clyde, huh? You two against the world. Confidence. Confidence. Just talk to her.

Harry: I don’t really get parties. You know, you just kind of turn up and it’s… it’s enforced fun all night. Talk about what TV shows you’ve fallen behind on. Pretend to be happy. Maybe everyone else enjoys it. Maybe it’s just me?

Jennifer: It’s definitely not just you.

Matt: Alright. Good start, now do some more outsider small talk. Keep looking at her. I need to gauge her reactions.

Harry: So I noticed you sitting alone on the edge, and I thought, “Hey, kindred spirit.” I really hate when people say “kindred spirit,” you know. And people that do “that.”

Jennifer: “Me too.”

Harry: Yeah, I guess you don’t really like parties either.

Jennifer: The noise wrecks it for me. All the talking and talking, it never fucking stops.

Matt: Okay, she curses. So should you.


Se7en (1995)

Time of Scene: ~01:22:20

William Somerset: [Reading] On the subway today, a man came up to me to start a conversation. He made small talk, a lonely man talking about the weather and other things. I tried to be pleasant and accommodating, but my head hurt from his banality. I almost didn’t notice it had happened, but I suddenly threw up all over him. He was not pleased, and I couldn’t stop laughing.



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