(palabra? [palabra] < earlier formparabla 'word' < Latinparabo-lam 'comparison; similarity')
   1) OED: 1735. A discussion or conference, often one in which a great deal is said, but very little is accomplished; inconsequential chatter.
   2) OED: 1733. As a verb, it means to talk incessantly or to talk flatteringly. Although there are very early attestations for this term in English, Hendrickson indicates that it was commonly used in the Southwest during the heyday of the cowboy. It should be noted that this term may have come from Spanish palabra or Portuguese palavra (both terms mean 'word'), or it may have derived from different sources, depending on the meaning and time frame in which the term was used.

Cowboy Talk. A Dictionary of Spanish Terms. . 2013.


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