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happy talk


a term for the informal chatting and light banter on a radio or television broadcast's 21st Century Lexicon
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  • At tea-time we met Juanita, and I had a long and happy talk with her.

    The City in the Clouds C. Ranger Gull
  • It all made a sort of accompaniment to Gertrude's happy talk.

  • It was happy talk in the sweet evening coolness; everybody seemed harmonious and in sympathy to-night.

    Sisters Kathleen Norris
  • Passed them so near that we heard their happy talk and their laughter.

    Poems William D. Howells
  • Flora kissed Mabel and for a time they engaged in happy talk.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
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happy talk


: as for the happy-talk format that sandwiches cheerful repartee between the fire and robbery reports

noun phrase

Informal chat and chaffing among news broadcasters during the program, as an element of entertainment: Later, happy talk evolved, to break the tension created by the action, that is the violence, shown on TV news

[1980s+ Television studio; fr the title of a song in the 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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