[Ads-l] readout

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 22 04:04:34 UTC 2019

This appears to be an instance of the "readout" jargon employed in the
diplomacy domain in 1971.

Date: December 7, 1971
Newspaper: The Calgary Herald
Newspaper Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Column The Nation
Author: Charles Lynch
Quote Page 43, Column 1
Database: Newspapers.com


[Begin excerpt]
Mostly international palaver

But after the afternoon talks were completed, White House
press secretary Ron Ziegler, having had what he called a
"brief readout" from the president, seemed anxious to give
the impression that most of the palaver had been on the
international situation.
[End excerpt]


On Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 6:02 PM Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:
> The earliest example I've found for the "meeting summary" meaning of
> "readout" is from a 1974 UPI article about a private conference at Camp
> David that Henry Kissinger held with representatives from five major
> industrial powers to discuss high oil prices. State Department spokesman
> Robert Anderson was quoted as saying, "There are no press briefings planned
> before, after or during the conference. There will be no readout on the
> meeting."
> https://www.newspapers.com/clip/36378137/readout/
> More in my Twitter thread on "readout" from September:
> https://twitter.com/bgzimmer/status/1177261069712203776
> On Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 5:44 PM Alice Faber <afaber at panix.com> wrote:
> > On 11/21/19 5:31 PM, Barretts Mail wrote:
> > > The word “readout” in the Trump impeachment hearings this week confused
> > me. It was used at least three times; I haven’t been following too closely.
> > >
> > > Neither the OED nor Merriam-Webster have the meaning intended.
> > Wiktionary (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/readout <
> > https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/readout>) has: "An account of the topics
> > discussed in a meeting, especially in diplomatic or political contexts.”
> > >
> > I first noticed this usage at the beginning of the current
> > administration, and had to intuit the meaning from context.
> >
> >
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