ad·​speak ˈad-ˌspēk How to pronounce adspeak (audio)
: the special or distinctive language that is used in advertisements
In the shorthand of political adspeak, "Washington" is the embodiment of something—perhaps everything—wrong with politics and government.Paul Farhi, Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2006

Word History


ad entry 1 + -speak

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adspeak was in 1969

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“Adspeak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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