Listening to her speak to Richard Ford at the 92nd Street Y as part of the PEN World Voices Festival, it was easy to see why.
Others, like the prominent Roma activist Valeriu Nicholae, speak of its “rapid dissolution.”
When I'm invited to speak at a conference, I doubt that I'm qualified.
As the man continued to speak, he became more and more extreme.
I never say anything about any of them and all they do is speak about me.
"I must speak to Isy about it," answered James with simplicity.
Your own confessions, Eudora, do not speak well for her instructions.
It is such as I will describe; for I must dare to speak the truth, when truth is my theme.
"I have not heard the rumours whereof you speak," replied Philothea.
Come, you must let me speak for you, or at least interpret your answers to my own liking.
Old English specan, variant of sprecan "to speak" (class V strong verb; past tense spræc, past participle sprecen), from Proto-Germanic *sprekanan (cf. Old Saxon sprecan, Old Frisian spreka, Middle Dutch spreken, Old High German sprehhan, German sprechen "to speak," Old Norse spraki "rumor, report"), cognate with Latin spargere "to strew" (speech as a "scattering" of words; see sparse).
The -r- began to drop out in Late West Saxon and was gone by mid-12c., perhaps from influence of Danish spage "crackle," in a slang sense of "speak" (cf. crack in slang senses having to do with speech, e.g. wisecrack, cracker, all it's cracked up to be). Rare variant forms without -r- also are found in Middle Dutch (speken) and Old High German (spehhan).
Not the primary word for "to speak" in Old English (the "Beowulf" author prefers maþelian, from mæþel "assembly, council," from root of metan "to meet;" cf. Greek agoreuo "to speak," originally "speak in the assembly," from agora "assembly").
spaced-out: A couple of spazzed out bikers (1980s+)