happy talk


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

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Meanwhile, enthusiasm for the deal has been muted, aside from some happy talk by New York’s governor and New York City’s mayor, and Virginia’s senators. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook has a growing morale problem," 15 Nov. 2018 Several paragraphs below the happy talk, though, the company unveiled a disappointing outlook for the second quarter, giving earnings guidance of 38 to 43 cents per share. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Skechers Pinches Investors," 20 Apr. 2018 More happy talk came from city Finance Director Rob Dubow. Stu Bykofsky, Philly.com, "Kenney in Wonderland defines failure as success | Stu Bykofsky," 5 Mar. 2018 Expect, for example, more happy talk about China’s commitment toward dealing with climate change, even though the U.S. has consistently mischaracterized what Beijing has committed to. Bill Powell, Newsweek, "Clash of the Superpowers: Xi Jinping Comes to America," 21 Sep. 2015 But let's not get distracted by all the post-mortem happy talk from the same leaders who repeated assured us that their secret bid was strong and competitive. Mark Naymik, cleveland.com, "We may never know how good - or bad -- Cleveland's Amazon bid is: Mark Naymik," 18 Jan. 2018 For Democrats, the happy talk will mostly be about this year being the harbinger of an extremely successful midterm election. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Exactly How High Could That 2018 Democratic Wave Rise?," 22 Dec. 2017 Some Trump advisers dismiss Cobb's predictions that the Mueller probe is nearing its conclusions as misleading happy talk, but the president has internalized it as reality. Philip Rucker, chicagotribune.com, "Inside Trump's legal team: Trying to protect the president from Mueller's 'killers'," 13 Dec. 2017 The Knicks — despite the happy talk from Beasley and Jarrett Jack Tuesday — still figure to be far from a contender. Steve Popper, USA TODAY, "Knicks' Carmelo Anthony remains elephant in the Garden," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of happy talk

1971, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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