April 27, 2018
patter (verb)
\PATT-er\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to talk quickly and smoothly or mechanically
How do you use it?
"So he pattered on, standing on the hilltop with his crutch under his elbow and one hand upon the side of the log-house--quite the old John in voice, manner, and expression." (Robert Louis Stevenson, _Treasure Island_)
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"Patter" finds its origin in something that is repetitive. What thing do you think is responsible for "patter"?

"Patter" comes ultimately from the Medieval Latin name for a very common prayer in the Christian Church. Today many Christians call that prayer the "Lord's Prayer," but back in the Middle Ages, this prayer was called the "Pater Noster." "Pater noster" is Latin for "our Father," which are the first two words of the prayer. Prayers are often said quickly and smoothly. It is this recitation of the prayer that gave us the verb "patter," meaning "to talk quickly and smoothly."
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