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[ gar-uh-luhs ] [ ˈgær ə ləs ] Show IPA Phonetic Respelling


excessively talkative in a rambling, roundabout manner, especially about trivial matters.

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  • Garrulous was first recorded in 1605–15.
  • Garrulous comes from the Latin word garrulus, meaning “talkative, garrulous,” which is similar to the Latin verb garr(īre), meaning “to chatter.”
  • Garrulity is the quality of being garrulous, just like loquacity is the quality of being loquacious, a synonym of garrulous.


  • My neighbor’s garrulous nature proved to be quite challenging whenever I tried to have a quick conversation with him, as he would incessantly digress and meander through various unrelated anecdotes.
  • Despite her advanced age, the garrulous woman never ran out of stories to tell, often rambling on for hours about mundane topics.
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[ bah-chah-tah ] [ bɑˈtʃɑ tɑ ] Show IPA Phonetic Respelling


a contemporary genre of Latin American popular music, in the style of a ballad, featuring guitars, percussion, and singing.

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More about bachata

  • Bachata was first recorded in English around 1955–60.
  • Bachata comes from Caribbean Spanish, and it originally meant “party” or “celebration.”
  • Bachata in Spanish may have come from an African language, but it is uncertain.
  • Bachata, the music, originated in the early 1920s in the Dominican Republic from Cuban and African rhythms.


  • The sultry melodies of bachata filled the air, enticing couples to sway and dance to the rhythm.
  • As the guitar strings resonated, the singer’s heartfelt voice carried the emotions of the bachata song to everyone in the room.
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[ ri-seets ] [ rɪˈsits ] Show IPA Phonetic Respelling

plural noun

evidence or proof.

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Why jarrett hill & Tre'vell Anderson chose receipts

Receipts as in, show me the receipts, is a proven phrase, thanks to award-winning journalists and creators jarrett hill & Tre'vell Anderson's new book, Historically Black Phrases, published by Ten Speed Press from Penguin Random House. In this video, jarrett hill & Tre'vell Anderson have the receipts for the uses of receipts:

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Receipts, in the phrase show me the receipts, as evidenced in jarrett hill and Tre’vell Anderson’s new book, Historically Black Phrases, out now from Ten Speed Press from Penguin Random House:




“Where is the proof?”


A defiant dare meant to encourage the spoken-to to prove their allegation. If the speaker is the person implicated in said allegation, they likely believe there is no verifiable proof and therefore are willing to stick their neck out to boldly demand proof.


When Tia and Tamera said they’d gone to finish their homework with Roger after school, Lisa wasn’t buying it. “Show me some receipts,” she said, waiting for this allegedly completed homework to come out of their backpacks.

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  • Receipts originated in Black English and spread to the mainstream most likely in 2002, when singer Whitney Houston demanded proof of an accusation in an interview by saying, “I want to see the receipts.”
  • The phrase morphed into show me the receipts in the late 2000s, and was used more generally in the context of celebrity scandals and gossip.
  • The singular noun receipt was first recorded in 1350–1400 from Middle English receitewhich came either from Old French recete or directly from Medieval Latin recepta “money received, receipt, recipe,” from Latin recipere “to receive.”
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