happy talk

noun

Definition of happy talk

1 : informal talk among the participants in a television news broadcast also : a broadcast format featuring such talk
2 : optimistic talk

Examples of happy talk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But they won't be saved by out-of-touch happy talk or shifting blame in ways that don't ring true with voters. Joel Mathis, The Week, 5 Apr. 2022 But one prominent commentator didn't join in the happy talk. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 23 Mar. 2022 Despite all the happy talk on the left about the benefits of diversity, America’s real strength has been its ability to transcend problems that have crippled other multiethnic, multireligious and multilingual societies. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, 1 Mar. 2022 Reading between the lines, Biden brought a much tougher message to Europe than what the happy talk about sacred obligations suggests. Noah Millman, The Week, 14 June 2021 The comments from Hernandez are classic examples of stakeholder-capitalist happy talk. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 21 Nov. 2021 Employment data suggest a more fragile economy than the happy talk from the administration, crowing about the decline in the unemployment rate. Edwin T. Burton, National Review, 21 Oct. 2021 In just two years the Automobile Club of America had pivoted from happy talk and broken promises to more of a scorched earth attack — joined by lobbyists from the Automobile Dealers’ Association plus a team of lawyers. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Oct. 2021 But the way this season is playing out looks a lot like one of those Texas teams where all the happy talk made the underachievement look that much worse. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 26 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of happy talk

1971, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 May 2022

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“Happy talk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/happy%20talk. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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