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 Foolish happy talk aside, the administration has, by and large, acted appropriately. The Editors, National Review, "Can We Please Be Sober-Minded about the Coronavirus?," 3 Mar. 2020 The right was now a font of happy talk about the dawn of a new age of liberty based on free-market economics and American firepower. Jacob Heilbrunn, The New Republic, "The Neocons Strike Back," 23 Jan. 2020 Second, Halliburton largely dispensed with the happy talk on its call. Liam Denning | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Halliburton Writes the Script for Fracker Earnings," 21 Oct. 2019 Jim Manley, an attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation (which litigates free-speech issues), told Reason something similar: As the Supreme Court has said there’s no happy talk requirement in the First Amendment. Katherine Timpf, National Review, "Massachusetts Bill Would Jail People for Using the Word ‘Bitch’," 23 Oct. 2019 For all of the happy talk, though, Trump came under pressure to end his lengthy trade dispute with China that is hurting other nations as well. Fortune, "Trump Portrays G-7 as a Love Fest," 27 Aug. 2019 For all of the happy talk, though, Trump came under pressure to end his lengthy trade dispute with China that is hurting other nations as well. Washington Post, "Trump portrays G-7 as a lovefest, papering over differences," 27 Aug. 2019 For all of the happy talk, though, Trump came under pressure to end his lengthy trade dispute with China that is hurting other nations as well. Fortune, "Trump Portrays G-7 as a Love Fest," 27 Aug. 2019 For all of the happy talk, though, Trump came under pressure to end his lengthy trade dispute with China that is hurting other nations as well. Washington Post, "Trump portrays G-7 as a lovefest, papering over differences," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of happy talk

1971, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Mar 2020

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“Happy talk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/happy%20talk. Accessed 10 Apr. 2020.

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