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What word means to speak about nothing important? Basically, I want something the opposite of ranting. I know the word bable, but it does not fit into the context I want.

Babble:

talk rapidly and continuously in a foolish, excited, or incomprehensible way.

I want a word with a more positive and less rude connotation.

Chatter also won't work for me because it is too informal.

Chatter

talk rapidly or incessantly about trivial matters.

Definitions taken from the google dictionary extension.

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  • Babble, probably related to a tower of a similar name. – Hot Licks Jan 30 at 14:21
  • Babble is of a tower of similar nature, I agree. However, it also means to talk quickly, which is not exactly what I am looking for. Something more generic? – M. C. Jan 30 at 14:26
  • There's 'natter' (infamously part of 'nattering nabobs of negativism'). – user888379 Jan 30 at 15:35
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There are some synonyms with the similar meaning of 'chatting'.

I would recommend 'To prate'.

According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prate#other-words):

prate

 verb

intransitive verb

: to talk long and idly 

: CHATTER

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