Talk:speak to

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I don't remember seeing or hearing this, and I can't find any evidence. -- ALGRIF talk 12:59, 24 April 2009 (UTC)

Not too familiar with it; is it US-specific perhaps? Here are a couple of possible examples from Google Books: "if freedom speaks to the recognition of necessity, then survival speaks to the necessity of recognition"; "The phrase Buddha animals speaks to the provenance of identities". Equinox 14:30, 24 April 2009 (UTC)
It's very common here (Upper Midwestern U.S.). For plenty of examples, check out google books:"speaks to what". —RuakhTALK 15:30, 24 April 2009 (UTC)
Also common in speaks to the fact that...Michael Z. 2009-04-24 15:31 z
Fair 'nuff. Just a couple of good quotes into the entry to make it clearer would be nice. Thanks. -- ALGRIF talk 15:36, 24 April 2009 (UTC)
Sorry. Lazy me. I'll do it now. -- ALGRIF talk 15:38, 24 April 2009 (UTC)
Don't worry; it was easier for us to point you the right way because we knew what we were looking for. Embrace lazyweb (I do). Michael Z. 2009-04-24 15:42 z
"Speak to the topic" also gave some hits, including The governing of Britain, 1688-1848: the executive, Parliament, and the people, by Peter Jupp, published by Routledge, 2006 - page 131. Pingku 18:00, 24 April 2009 (UTC)

Possible missing sense: to reprove[edit]

Chambers 1908 has this one (as in "I'll speak to him about his behaviour"). Arguably sum of parts, or contextual rather than lexical, so I haven't gone ahead and added it. Equinox 03:52, 4 January 2018 (UTC)