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Is there a word like "nonversation"?

Do people use this word in daily life? Where can it be used?

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I've never heard of it, but I still understand what it means. Where did you hear or read it? –  Mr Lister Nov 1 '12 at 7:00
    
I've heard it from my friend. we're playing game and in that she spell it. Then she told me the meaning that nonversion means a meaningless conversation. –  Ruchir Shah Nov 1 '12 at 7:05
    
Sounds like a made-up word to me... –  Andrew Nov 1 '12 at 11:25
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It is not a "word" yet. It could be a word, shortly, if all goes well. It seems it's already being promoted as you can see under User-Submitted Words on Merriam-Webster: #1: Nonversation in Top 10.

Then again, it may never make it to the OED, being "among the millions of 'non words' rejected for inclusion in the Oxford English Dictionary."

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Hey thanks for this information, I didn't know that but from there i can find more new words. –  Ruchir Shah Nov 1 '12 at 7:13
    
Yeah, it's on Urban Dictionary too. But according to this, it was rejected by the OED. –  Mr Lister Nov 1 '12 at 7:15
    
@MrLister Edited in an epilog just now. –  Kris Nov 1 '12 at 7:18
    
@Kris Some of those words are quite nice. I like "peppier". –  Mr Lister Nov 1 '12 at 7:19
    
Precuperate made me laugh out loud. –  Jim Nov 2 '12 at 2:13
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You may have created it. I think it has good possibilities. You can use it, for example, when you're straining very hard to talk to someone who doesn't have much of anything to say. When you feel it's pointless to continue, you can say something like this:

"Excuse me, but I was hoping to have a stimulating conversation about warthogs, warlocks, and witches, not a nonversation filled with grunts, groans, and woeful sighs of vacuousness. Can you show me the way to go home? I'm tired and I want to go to bed."

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Thanks for your answer +1 vote up. –  Ruchir Shah Nov 1 '12 at 8:12
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