happy talk


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

Examples of happy talk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jonathan Papelbon must have ignored NESN’s in-house happy talk memo. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Aug. 2023 But amid Biden's working-class happy talk, Republicans are making inroads with America's blue-collar workers. Haisten Willis, Washington Examiner, 28 Mar. 2023 Their plan has basically been happy talk. ABC News, 29 Aug. 2021 The morning crew engages in cinnamon happy talk. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, 7 May 2021 His team projected lots of ideas and happy talk. William Pesek, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 There was no more happy talk of childhood. Hanna Krueger, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Jan. 2021 But one of the risks the Dems have is that more happy talk about the economy risks them looking really out of touch. Maeve Reston, CNN, 1 Mar. 2022 Don’t believe the happy talk that this was a healthy display of deliberative democracy. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 7 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of happy talk was in 1971

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“Happy talk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/happy%20talk. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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