talking point

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talking point (plural talking points)

  1. A specific topic raised in a conversation or argument which is intended as a basis for further discussion, especially one which represents a point of view.
    • 1908, J. W. Jenks, "The Principles of Government Control of Business," American Economic Association Quarterly, 3rd series, vol. 9, no. 1, p. 3:
      Such an expression ["natural rights"] is, of course, an excellent talking point as a basis for argument to convince people, and perhaps through them to change the opinion of the government.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XXI:
      “Something attempted, something done, has earned a night's repose. You have the satisfaction of having sacrificed yourself in the interests of [your uncle].” He had found a talking point. He had reminded me of those postal orders, sometimes for as much as ten bob, which Uncle Tom had sent me in the Malvern House days. I softened. Whether or not a tear rose to my eye, I cannot say, but it may be taken as official that I softened. “How right you are, Jeeves!” I said.
    • 2002, Elizabeth Foyster, "Creating a Veil of Silence? Politeness and Marital Violence in the English Household," Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 6th series, vol. 12, p. 399:
      First, it will be demonstrated that marital violence continued to be a talking point within polite society.

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