Word of the Week: Chunter

Chunter (v): To mutter to yourself in a complaining tone of voice. A monologue because other people’s opinions at that point are a matter of supreme indifference, although your train of thought can be interrupted by an interlocutor (love that word) asking, “What are you chuntering about?” Chunter is onomatopoeic, a bit like a steam train with a bellyful of fire and lots of smoke. I like chunter, as much for the sound of the word as for the pleasure of having good chunter (used as a noun) when nothing else will do. Our poster boy is, of course, Victor Meldrew.

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