Chattering Classes (def.)
“Chattering Classes” n. 1. People who read books, newspapers, and pay attention to the world and understand that taking your legislative ball and running home when you don’t like the score is shameful even for an eight-year old. Specifically, people who feel compelled to speak to this embarassing situation within their friends, families, and the general public, in the understanding that there is not so much an argument against their rage or disappointment, but only the continued suggestion that the issue is less demeaning to the history of the nation than they make it out to be. Eg. “I really appreciated Davey’s thoughtful and well-informed opinion about unmandated powers today at dinner, he’s such a chattering class.” From the English, via the unrhetoric of Stephen Taylor and other communications consultants. Syns: citizens, intellectuals, engaged humans. Ants: Tories, the boastfully apathetic, philistines, “real Canadians”.