By Andrea Pettite
Blandiloquence (n.): mildly flattering talk
He sat across from her at the table, nervously tapping his foot, making her smile with his blandiloquence. The seemingly innocent bandying about of flattery will get even the most shy of women to open up and talk. Alas, the art of conversation is going the way of the 8-track player and the hula hoop. No one makes small talk much these days. Now it’s blogging and updating your Facebook status that pass for communication. Although, the hula hoop is making a comeback; perhaps there is hope for the art of conversation.