n. A display of minor mental commodities, each exhibitor being too intent on displaying their own wares to observe those of their neighbors.
Don't knock the weather. If it didn't change once in a while, nine out of ten people couldn't start a conversation.
— Kin Hubbard
Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of witnesses.
— Margaret Millar
Saying what we think gives us a wider conversational range than saying what we know.
— Cullen Hightower
Travel, instead of broadening the mind, often merely lengthens the conversation.
— Elizabeth Drew