-SPEAK, SPEAK [From Newspeak, as coined by George Orwell]. Both a combining form and a word used informally (and often pejoratively or facetiously) for the style of a group or occupation, often regardless of whether it is spoken or written. In a compound that contains -speak, the first element indicates either the situation in which the style occurs (adspeak; advertising) or what the user thinks of it (DOUBLESPEAK: a jargon intended to mislead). There are three orthographic forms: (1) Solid: Aussiespeak, computerspeak, Femspeak, healthspeak, lewdspeak, modernspeak, moneyspeak, nukespeak, pensionspeak, technospeak, tycoonspeak, unionspeak. (2) Hyphenated: gay-speak, golf-speak, management-speak, oblique-speak, Pentagon-speak. (3) Open: art speak, estate-agent speak, mandarin speak, political speak. In terms of structure, there are two extremes: (1) The first element is monosyllabic like new, often a clipping of a longer word: bizspeak, Russpeak. (2) The first element is phrasal: Hitch-Hiker's-Guide-to-the-Galaxy-speak, medical and social work ‘speak’; Twentieth century era speak; Womenslibspeak. Occasionally, blending occurs, as in bureaucraspeak, litcritspeak, politspeak, Shakespeak. Compare -ESE, -ISM, LINGO, TALK.
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Speak ★★★ 2004 (PG-13) , speak / spēk/ • v. (past spoke / spōk/ ; past part. spo·ken / ˈspōkən/ ) [intr.] 1. say something in order to convey information, an opinion, or a fe… Bespeak , be·speak / biˈspēk/ • v. (past -spoke ; past part. -spok·en ) [tr.] 1. (of an appearance or action) suggest; be evidence of: the attractive tree-line… Glossolalia , The phenomenon of speaking in tongues during ecstatic religious experiences is also known as glossolalia, and began among the first Christians. Descr… LINGO , LINGO. An informal, slangy, usually dismissive term for: (1) A language that is perceived as strange and unintelligible: ‘When men speak French, or a… Anglophone , Anglophone •alone, atone, Beaune, bemoan, blown, bone, Capone, clone, Cohn, Cologne, condone, cone, co-own, crone, drone, enthrone, flown, foreknown,… UTTER , ut·ter1 / ˈətər/ • adj. complete; absolute: Charles stared at her in utter amazement. DERIVATIVES: ut·ter·ly adv. he looked utterly ridiculous. .ut·t…
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