adspeak

noun
ad·speak | \ ˈad-ˌspēk \

Definition of adspeak 

: 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

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First Known Use of adspeak

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adspeak

ad entry 1 + -speak

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