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Origin of stump speech
Words nearby stump speech
What does stump speech come from?
A stump speech is a campaign speech—a speech made to encourage people to vote for a politician.
The word stump can refer to a platform for making speeches. This use isn’t common, but this sense of the word is commonly used in a figurative way to refer to the place where political campaign speeches are made, especially in the phrase on the stump, as in The senator went out on the stump to try to win re-election.
Stump can also be used as a verb meaning to campaign, as in He’s stumping in Iowa today or He has endorsed the senator and will be stumping for her.
The term stump speech most often refers to a speech made on a campaign tour. It most commonly refers to a speech made by the politician who’s campaigning, but it can also refer to a speech made in support of that politician. This person can be called a stumper.
Example: He uses the same stump speech at every campaign stop—he just changes the name of the city each time.
Where does stump speech come from?
The first records of the term stump speech come from around 1820. It was first and is primarily used in the U.S. The first records of the word stump to refer to a platform for speechmaking come from the 1770s.
Politicians are always making speeches. This is especially true when they’re trying to get re-elected. Calling a speech a stump speech indicates that it’s a campaign speech, but it also sometimes implies that it’s a bit formulaic and maybe just not that good.
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How is stump speech used in real life?
Stump speech is always used in the context of politics. It especially refers to a speech made during a campaign tour.
#AKSen: One of the best stump speech lines by Dem Scott McAdams: Joe Miller "wants to repeal the 20th Century"! http://ssp.bz/axdnaX
— Daily Kos Elections (@DKElections) October 1, 2010
Hillary builds to her tried and true stump speech line: "I'm a progressive who gets things done!" Crowd responds with inevitable whooooo!
— Adam L. Penenberg (@Penenberg) February 6, 2016
If Justice Alito wants to give political stump speeches, he should step down from the Court once President-Elect Biden is sworn in and run for Congress. We need a constitutional amendment barring Article III judges from politicking. It is a tremendous conflict ofinterest.
— Mike Fox (@foxmike90) November 13, 2020
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True or False?
A stump speech is always made by the person seeking election.
Example sentences from the Web for stump speech
Those are troubling numbers, for unfettered speech is not incidental to a flourishing society.
There is no such thing as speech so hateful or offensive it somehow “justifies” or “legitimizes” the use of violence.
We need to recover and grow the idea that the proper answer to bad speech is more and better speech.
Tend to your own garden, to quote the great sage of free speech, Voltaire, and invite people to follow your example.
The simple, awful truth is that free speech has never been particularly popular in America.
Alessandro turned a grateful look on Ramona as he translated this speech, so in unison with Indian modes of thought and feeling.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
And so this is why the clever performer cannot reproduce the effect of a speech of Demosthenes or Daniel Webster.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
He said no more in words, but his little blue eyes had an eloquence that left nothing to mere speech.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
After pondering over Mr. Blackbird's speech for a few moments he raised his head.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
Albinia, I have refrained from speech as long as possible; but this is really too much!