Definition of chattering class
- I have to be who I am, not who the chattering class thinks I am.
- —Nancy Pelosi, quoted in Ms., Winter 2007
- The late political columnist Alan Watkins coined the phrase “the chattering classes”, by which he meant the metropolitan bien-pensants who decreed conventional views on the issues of the day.
- —Simon Hoggart, The Guardian (London), 19 Mar. 2011
- For the past couple of years, the chattering classes have argued about whether the religious right is in decline.
- —Michelle Cottle, New Republic, 20 Mar. 2000
- The world had confidence in the power of knowledge and reason, and people such as Ayer were not yet contemptuously dismissed as irrelevant, as economically and politically powerless, as “the chattering classes.”
- —Simon Blackburn, New Republic, 29 Jan. 2001