Top definition
n. The tendency, exhibited by people speaking in an official capacity, both to overuse auxiliary verbs and to place emphasis on them without reason.
Assuming the plane is on time, a person speaking normal English would say, "Everyone should line up now," whereas the airline representative says in OfficialSpeak over the mic, "We DO ask everyone to line up at this time."
A person speaking normal English would say: "The plane will be taking off shortly,"
whereas the Official Person says: "The plane WILL be taking off shortly."
Not "The plane will be TAKING OFF shortly,"
nor, "The PLANE will be taking off shortly," etc.
by dunstan July 24, 2015
Get the mug
Get a OfficialSpeak mug for your barber Rihanna.