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To be amazed at the ability of some people to talk incessantly?

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Imnotmadeofeyes Fri 07-Mar-14 17:51:52

I use a lot of public transport and reached the conclusion that some people just pretend to have conversations on their mobiles because, there is no freaking way there's someone on the other end of the phone. When would they get a word in?

I've just been stuck on a crowded train for over an hour with a woman who barely took a breath. Her mate barely uttered a word and made the most of her (stinky onion laden) subway.... I bought paracetamol as soon as I got off the train grin Unfortunately, she didn't have the most pleasant pitch to her voice and my head was thumping.

Who has a life so interesting they can talk non stop for an hour?

Piechomper Fri 07-Mar-14 17:56:47

Ask my 3 year old. It's incessant.

Bunbaker Fri 07-Mar-14 17:58:16

I don't get it either. I can talk the hind leg off a donkey, but on public transport I prefer to look out of the window or read

runningonwillpower Fri 07-Mar-14 17:59:34

To paraphrase a friend, 'I had a really boring evening. She kept talking about herself and I wanted to talk about me'.

We can all talk about ourselves for an hour if some other chump is stupid enough to listen.

CandyKate Fri 07-Mar-14 18:03:03

I have a friend like this. She's lovely but I feel so exhausted after 20 minutes with her and get frustrated that she is never ever interested in anything that is going on in my life. It makes me avoid her sometimes. I do feel sorry for her DH, he always looks miserable!

tripecity Fri 07-Mar-14 18:04:29

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mumofthemonsters808 Fri 07-Mar-14 18:29:10

Reading your post reminded me of a phone conversation I had with DD's secondary school head of year. She rang me and spoke without any pause for 30 minutes. There was not a single opportunity for me to join the conversation. I tried to stutter my way in, but she would not stop babbling on and on. In the end, I had heard enough and just decided to speak at the same time as her and hope she would cease talking and listen. Thankfully this tactic worked and we eventually had a conversation. But gosh did I find it hard work

Imnotmadeofeyes Fri 07-Mar-14 19:30:01

Ooo mumofmonsters I might actually pretend to have a conversation on my phone to over talk them - may as well make it a competitive sport!

hackneybird Fri 07-Mar-14 19:32:29

My mother in law (who is lovely) never, ever stops talking. She has become worse over the years. Thankfully, you can have an actual conversation with her, but you can't sit in companionable silence, or chill in the same room as her of an evening and read a book or flick through a mag.

It gets quite tiring.

indigo18 Fri 07-Mar-14 19:46:57

YADNBU! It is exhausting. My Dsis does this; if she rings my DH knows who it is because I am just sitting in silence for up to half an hour as she rattles on about herself. If I try and intersperse some news of my own there will be a short silence then a flat, slightly bored 'Oh' or 'right' before she is off again.
Christmas was the worst. Fuelled with champagne she kept it up for three hours solid over lunch. Even my tolerant and well mannered son looked as though his brain was spinning. I had a headache from listening to her but there was no sign of a let up until I went to wash up. It is all about her and not really interesting.

NorbertDentressangle Fri 07-Mar-14 19:52:06

There was a woman at the gym this week like this. She was there with a victim friend who she talked at for the whole time. She was loud too.

Actually, thinking back I should have been impressed at her ability to talk incessantly without pausing for a breath, let alone getting breathless, whilst on the machines.

elismom Fri 07-Mar-14 19:56:07


My MIL can talk forever. She just wants an audience. Very wearing after 15 years we have heard it all before

2014ThisIsMyYear Fri 07-Mar-14 20:03:16

elismom 15 years? Pah. My MIL has talked non-stop for the 30+ years I have known her. It's an amazing skill; but as I remind myself, she has had years of practice. She's fairly deaf but that doesn't explain why she doesn't notice other people's lips moving. She can also change subject mid-sentence without it being immediately obvious. I can only look on / listen in admiration.

indigo18 Fri 07-Mar-14 20:09:42

Ha 2014 that did make me laugh. Sometimes I put the phone down and do something else. When I come back she is still talking...

JohnSnowsTie Fri 07-Mar-14 20:10:43

It's the lack of opportunity to contribute/get away that does me. People like that make you late for stuff.

OscarWinningActress Fri 07-Mar-14 20:23:30

My MIL sounds just like yours, Hackney. She talks incessantly and YY to getting worse with age. It actually got so bad at Christmas that DH had to have a word with her because she completely derailed normal conversations by going off on two hour long soliloquies about neighbours of relatives of people she used to know when she was a teenager....confused. She's like an extrovert ON CRACK. It can be really overwhelming at times sad.

SirChenjin Fri 07-Mar-14 20:40:09

My boss is like this. Our monthly team meetings last for 3 hours, and about 80% of the time is spent listening to her. She talks without pausing for breath, and will move from one subject to the next so you never really have a conversation with her - you actually have to interrupt to get your point across.

jenniferturkington Fri 07-Mar-14 20:44:15

My MIL is like this. She gives a running commentary on everything going on around her, even if basically there is nothing going on. Then she recaps what has happened at regular intervals. I actually find it really draining. When she leaves after staying for a weekend it is like a peace descending. And we have 3 dcs under 6!

TheSkiingGardener Fri 07-Mar-14 21:01:51

runningonwillpower There is no way I could talk about myself for an hour. No matter how attentive the audience.

When my parents or MIL visit, they are great, but after they leave DH and I look at each other and revel in the silence for a while.

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