Definition: Deipnosophist (pronounced dahyp-nos-uh-fist); Greek; noun
1. Someone skilled in small talk.
Why I love this word:
Something as simple as small talk can actually be challenging to master. Trying to keep the conversation from awkwardness or trying to find the right balance between being curious and no longer being wanted is a challenge to master. You are the leader of the conversation, you set the tone, steer the direction it goes, and it's all based on personality and responding well to the person you are trying to converse with.
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