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Change log entry 69170
Processed by: goldyn_chyld (2020-02-13 12:37:26 GMT)
Comment: << review queue entry 65711 - submitted by 'richwarm' >>
1) Can delete 閑話 since 閑 is noted as a variant of 閒.


2) We can delete "scandal". That was added by me 12 years ago on the basis of a single J example sentence.


3) The rest of the definition ("digression/gossip/complaint") appears to be copied from A, and it makes 闲话 sound rather negative.
But in fact, it just means "casual conversation" or "chit-chat" or "to talk about ...", and it can be quite innocuous. See the following examples

LA's #1 sense:
隨意地談話。例 「閒話陳年舊事」。

以前大家習慣待在家裡製作年菜,和親友閒話平靜度過,
people used to spend their Lunar New Year's Eve at home, preparing a meal and chatting quietly with friends

在那兒,要老闆暫停幾分鐘跟訪客說說閒話,幾乎不大可能。
Proprietors simply don't have time for a leisurely ten-minute chat.

美國羅斯福總統的「爐邊閒話」不知安撫和振奮了多少戰時的美國民心。
FDR's "fireside chats" comforted and cheered up who-knows-how-many Americans during wartime.

「當初媽媽是和鄰居討論說,既然有學琴,就去考考看,如果考上了就去念,」沒想到一句閒話竟然成真,
"It started when my mother was talking to a neighbor. She said that since I'd already studied piano, I might as well take the entrance exam. If I passed, I could study music." They never imagined that what they so casually talked about would actually happen.

前一個晚上,眾人還圍在灶火旁飲著酒閒話家常,
The previous night everyone had gathered by the stove drinking wine and chatting about everyday things,


4) When it's used with a negative connotation (gossip / complaint / off-the-topic chat) there is usually some context that indicates this:
在背後講閒話
[在背後 suggests the chit-chat in this case is gossipy]

閒話少說,多做正事
[少 and 正事 suggest that the chit-chat in this case is off-topic]

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Editor: per discussion
Diff:
- 閒話 闲话 [xian2 hua4] /digression/gossip/complaint/scandal/CL:段[duan4]/
# + 閒話 闲话 [xian2 hua4] /idle chit-chat/to talk about (everyday matters)/
# editor:
+ 閒話 闲话 [xian2 hua4] /casual conversation/chat/gossip/to talk about (whatever comes to mind)/
By MDBG 2020
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