One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object To win over or overcome (a person) by talking; to out-talk.
2no object And with object (refl.). To talk excessively. Also occasionally with object: to talk too much about or make too much of (a subject).
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803–1873), writer and politician. From over-talk<br>early 17th century. From over- + talk.
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