Nowadays in Spanish the verb used for "to speak" or "to talk" is hablar, which comes directly from Latin fābŭlor, meaning:
1 to talk familiarly, to chat, to converse
2 to invent a story, to make up a fable
In fact this verb also derived into today's fábula (English: 'fable'). Nonetheless, I have seen some other options in an old Spanish-Latin dictionary from 1495 when I looked up hablar:
collŏquor: "to talk, to speak to or to speak with", "to talk together or to talk over", "to converse"
allŏquor: "to speak to", "to address, to harangue, to make a speech (to)"
ēlŏquor: "to speak out, utter"
And in another Spanish dictionary from 1734 the verb hablar is translated into Latin as:
for: "to speak, to talk", "to say"
sermōcĭnor: "to discuss, to argue with wit, to treat scholarly", "to talk"
lŏquor: "to speak", "to tell", "to mention", "to say, to utter", "to phrase"
I would say that the verb I am looking for is indeed fābŭlor as it is the verb that derived into today's most used (and generic) verb in Spanish meaning "to speak" or "to talk", and it seems it was used for casual chats with family and friends, but as there are other options, I would like to ask:
- What was the most basic, generic and commonly used word that meant "to speak" or "to talk" in the Latin language?
- What were the differences between the mentioned options? Are there any other ones?