What does "even-spoken" mean? I've encountered this word in the following sentence: "A placid and even-spoken man, Cork-born and with an iron Corkonian modesty at the core of him, Murphy does not sound overjoyed about his approaching milestone." and I have no idea what it can mean.
Apr 24, 2016 3:04 PM
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"Even-spoken" means calm. It literally mean speech that stays at a fairly steady pitch and rhythm. Thus, it does not indicate strong emotion. It does not mean cold or robotic, but it means calm and cool-tempered. It suggests someone who does not get upset or get angry easily. A news announcer is usually even-spoken. "And in today's financial news stock closed slightly upward in reaction to the latest jobs report." The commercial that follows it is not even-spoken: the voice gets soft and loud, fast and slow, low-pitched and high-pitched. "Act NOW! Go to your Clunkmobile dealer for the BIG SPRING BLOWOUT EVENT! These deals won't last, so hurry hurry HURRY!"
April 24, 2016
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