To chatter, to clack. Dr. Pusey thinks it is derived from Paternoster (the Lord's Prayer). The priest recited it in a low,
mumbling voice till he came to the words, “and lead us not into
temptation,” which he spoke aloud, and the choir responded, “but
deliver us from evil.” In our reformed Prayer Book, the priest is
directed to say the whole prayer “with a loud voice.” Probably
the “pattering of rain” —i.e. the rain coming with its
pit-pat, is after all the better derivation.
Gipsy talk is so called from the French patois. (See Patavinity.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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