talking point


Definition of talking point

: something that lends support to an argument also : a subject of discussion

Examples of talking point in a Sentence

We have several talking points we need to cover. I have a list of talking points here that support my case.
Recent Examples on the Web The rise of the talking point from a law enforcement agent raises new concerns, experts say. Will Carless, USA TODAY, 6 May 2022 Crisis communicators can model Psaki’s command of the room by pivoting from a heated question to a key talking point to remain on message. Edward Segal, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Fox News also used Janice Rogers Brown as a talking point to undermine Judge Jackson’s Supreme Court appointment. Amiah Taylor, Fortune, 13 Apr. 2022 For now, the war has provided Democrats with at least a talking point to use on one of their other problems — the inflation that has swept through the U.S. economy. Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2022 Gutfeld then repeated his talking point about media coverage of Ukraine. Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2022 The new pro-Biden talking point is that those dastardly Republicans are trying to have it both ways. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, 9 Mar. 2022 Bohn certainly has a new talking point in any discussions with Fickell or his camp. Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2021 And now, this odd claim against Harris seems to be a new Republican talking point. Lydia Wang,, 3 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of talking point

circa 1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of talking point was circa 1914

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18 May 2022

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“Talking point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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