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- Simple, honest speaking.
- 1891, Rudyard Kipling, chapter 20, in Life's Handicap:
- "I asked for straight talk, and thou hast given me sweet talk."
- 1917, Zane Grey, chapter 2, in Wildfire:
- "Tell him to go back to Durango and forget the foolish girl. . . ."
"All right. That is straight talk, like an Indian's.
- 2008 January 23, James Carney, “The Resurrection of John McCain”, in Time:
- [H]e told voters in the economically ravaged state that lost auto-industry jobs "aren't coming back," a dose of undiluted straight talk that probably cemented his loss there.