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What loves to talk but has little to say,
Nags you in the morning and throughout the day?


I get that this one comes across as too short or too broad. There's not much I can do about it now, but please understand I was trying for something inspired not only by Avigrail's wife but also short, simple riddles that play with the double meanings of words, like "Black and white and red all over".

I can imagine I would've got absolutely murdered if I went with my other idea instead: "What's fast unless it runs. And ruins the laundry."

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    $\begingroup$ I think we need a few more lines $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Oct 24 '16 at 16:34
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    $\begingroup$ must be about my wife $\endgroup$ – Avigrail Oct 24 '16 at 16:47
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    $\begingroup$ This is my feeling about most of AM radio $\endgroup$ – tmpearce Oct 24 '16 at 17:19
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    $\begingroup$ And now I see how the community responds to short riddles... I WAS going to add more lines if it turned out it was too difficult or broad but, beastly, you actually had the right answer 2 minutes after I posted... $\endgroup$ – user1566694 Oct 24 '16 at 22:28
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    $\begingroup$ I think the riddle is fine as is. It often happens that a riddle looks too broad until you see the "trick". To me that's a good thing, but I'm outvoted :-) $\endgroup$ – deep thought Oct 24 '16 at 22:45

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An alarm clock?
(or just a clock)

What loves to talk but has little to say

I'm sure we all know the repetitive beeping sound

"Talk" is a misspelling of the thing clocks do.

Nags you in the morning and throughout the day

Gets you up in the morning and is ringing in your head for the rest of the day

Alarm clocks get you up in the morning. Old fashioned clocks may chime the hours throughout the day.

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  • $\begingroup$ For that last phrase, I think you need to get a better <insert noun here>... $\endgroup$ – Lightness Races in Orbit Oct 24 '16 at 20:14
  • $\begingroup$ Clock was the answer I was looking for. I love all the other creative answers, tho. But I see what you mean by 'too broad'. Anyway, giving it to you but I might make some edits. $\endgroup$ – user1566694 Oct 24 '16 at 22:35
  • $\begingroup$ @user1566694 ok, personally I thought 'yawn' was better :P $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Oct 25 '16 at 11:30
  • $\begingroup$ yeah, but like "a skunk on the highway" and "Alabama in the 50's" are better answers to "what's black and white and red all over", "newspaper" is still the right one $\endgroup$ – user1566694 Oct 25 '16 at 16:25
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This is a long shot but here goes...

A yawn

What loves to talk but has little to say

Opens your mouth but no words come out.

Nags you in the morning and throughout the day

Yawning is common in the morning, but also during the day if you are tired.

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I could be:

Your stomach

What loves to talk but has little to say

A rumbling tummy is said to be your "tummy talking", but no words are spoken

Nags you in the morning and throughout the day

You wake up hungry, and get hungry again during the day

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I want to say

Siri

But she is not as nagging as

Google Assistant

Because...

Both voice assistants love to talk but don't have an independent say. They wake you up in the morning and nags you about meetings, reminders and wrong turns throughout the day (mine even nags about bed time :P)

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is it

A phone?

What loves to talk but has little to say

You 'talk' on your phone, and listen to it, but the phone itself does not say anything.

Nags you in the morning and throughout the day

Many people use the alarms on their phone to wake them up, and it rings periodically throughout the day as well

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  • $\begingroup$ You could add notifications for the second part $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Oct 24 '16 at 18:46
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Inspired by OP's comment about short riddles with a little wordplay, I'll guess it is a

ticking clock.

It loves to talk but has little to say

tick-TOCK... haha

Nags you in the morning and throughout the day

rings out the hours

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  • $\begingroup$ Great explanation. You hit it exactly. But I think Beastly technically had it first $\endgroup$ – user1566694 Oct 24 '16 at 22:31
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It could be

a baby

What loves to talk but has little to say,

babies make noises all day; they think they are talking but are rarely saying anything meaningful

Nags you in the morning and throughout the day?

babies always seek attention (in a nagging way), especially in the morning when they are soiled and hungry

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    $\begingroup$ i feel like if it were a baby it'd nag you all night too, haha $\endgroup$ – MMAdams Oct 24 '16 at 19:40
  • $\begingroup$ yeah, babies are the worst $\endgroup$ – user1566694 Oct 25 '16 at 15:50
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Could it be:

A cat?

What loves to talk but has little to say,

Cats meow all the time, but they don't have many different sounds (though they do hiss)

Nags you in the morning and throughout the day?

Cats meow whenever people are nearby, regardless of the time of day.

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  • $\begingroup$ Well, some of them are more talkative than others. Some of them are quiet when people are around, but “talk” to others of their own kind. And they have ways of nagging you without making a sound. $\endgroup$ – Peregrine Rook Oct 25 '16 at 23:01
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What loves to talk but has little to say

Gabby Coworkers

Nags you in the morning and throughout the day?

They can nag you first thing in the morning and also throughout the day

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A consultant.

No further explanation required for those who have dealt with them.

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  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling! Could you edit this answer to add in an explanation as to why you think it is correct? Thanks! $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Oct 25 '16 at 0:58

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