speaking from his home in Tryon, N.C., Reid, 63, discussed the challenges that came with inheriting such a huge project.
In person, Khoury is genial and a fine conversationalist, speaking English gilded with a pronounced Arabic accent.
Having received 1.2 million more votes in Texas than Barack Obama, Senator Cruz is speaking for his constituents.
speaking as a politician, I can promise you this: political leaders will not take risks if the people do not demand that they do.
speaking of cars, higher standards have had a similar positive impact on the automobile industry.
We happened then to cross the street, and the traffic prevented us from speaking.
I have used the words "they" and "their" in speaking of these heroes.
And as to speaking of his friends on his first visit, I don't see why he should have done so at all.
"Yes," said Dick, staring in front of him and speaking in a dull, even voice.
While I was speaking, I caught sight of a sail to the eastward.
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").