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  • “Blether”, as a noun equivalent to “chatterbox”, was commonplace when I lived in Scotland in the early eighties, ranking in ubiquity only slightly below “och”, and “wee”, with which it was often heard in conjunction. It was used, affectionately, of my preschooler sister.

  • Thanks for letting me know, Adrian. I wouldn’t have guessed it was so common. Blether is occasionally used in Ireland, but blather is a lot more common; it usually refers to the rambling speech itself, or is used as a verb for that activity.

  • I grew up in Scotland in the fifties and sixties, and “blether” (as noun and verb) and “blethering skite” (noun) were both very common, typically addressed by parents to children.