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 Immigration and border security have been a top issue in this year’s primary elections, including in North Texas, where candidates have made the issue a key talking point in their pitches to voters. Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 9 Apr. 2024 But political talking points don’t tell the whole story. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Apr. 2024 But the real talking point was the impact that virtual cashiers could have on the fast-food industry. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 8 Apr. 2024 The Kim Mulkey Show: The L.S.U. women’s basketball coach has made her fashion choices a talking point, a reflection of her own larger-than-life personality and a tool to draw attention to the sport. Tariq Panja, New York Times, 3 Apr. 2024 Networks, meanwhile, need contributors to speak authoritatively and get beyond talking points, said Mark Lukasiewicz, a former NBC executive who is now dean of Hofstra University's communications school. David Bauder, Quartz, 29 Mar. 2024 Through its media infrastructure, the Kremlin repeats its talking points daily. Michael Kimmage, Foreign Affairs, 13 Mar. 2024 Despite poor reviews, the original ‘Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey’ became an unexpected box office smash and cultural talking point in early 2023 for a premise that saw A. A. Milne’s beloved bear turned into a feral, sledgehammer-wielding serial killer. Alex Ritman, Variety, 28 Mar. 2024 But with notable leaders leaving, it’s become a major talking point among newcomer candidates, who argue the council’s attitude and rejection of staff expertise are causing employees to resign. Sarah Ritter, Kansas City Star, 22 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Talking point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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