yada yada


ya·​da ya·​da ˈyä-də-ˈyä-də How to pronounce yada yada (audio)
variants or yadda yadda or yada yada yada or yadda yadda yadda
: boring or empty talk
listening to a lot of yada yada about the economy
often used interjectionally especially in recounting words regarded as too dull or predictable to be worth repeating

Example Sentences

They had to listen to the usual yada yada about bike safety.
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Word History


alteration of earlier yatata idle chatter, probably ultimately from British dialect and argot yatter-yatter to chatter, of imitative origin

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yada yada was in 1967

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“Yada yada.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yada%20yada. Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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