confabulate

Confabulate is a fancy way of saying “talk.” If you’re feeling formal, you don’t chat with your best friend on the phone, you confabulate. Regular people talk, people wearing tuxedos and beaded evening gowns confabulate.

Confabulate means to talk, but it also refers to creating a memory that’s unreal, like a fable, without being aware of it. If you suffer from memory loss, you might confabulate to fill in the blanks. The word comes from the Latin com- for "together" and fabulari for "to talk," which comes from fabula for "a tale." Whew. For a long time, confabulate just meant “to talk,” but the psychiatric sense came later.

Primary Meanings of confabulate

1.
v
talk socially without exchanging too much information
2.
v
unconsciously replace fact with fantasy in one's memory
Full Definitions of confabulate
1

v talk socially without exchanging too much information

Synonyms:
chaffer, chat, chatter, chew the fat, chit-chat, chitchat, claver, confab, gossip, jaw, natter, shoot the breeze, visit
Types:
jawbone, schmoose, schmooze, shmoose, shmooze
talk idly or casually and in a friendly way
Type of:
converse, discourse
carry on a conversation

v have a conference in order to talk something over

Synonyms:
confab, confer, consult
Types:
collogue
confer secretly
Type of:
discuss, hash out, talk over
speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion
2

v unconsciously replace fact with fantasy in one's memory

Type of:
cook up, fabricate, invent, make up, manufacture
make up something artificial or untrue

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