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A Unix program and protocol supporting conversation between two or more users who may be logged into the same computer or different computers on a network. Variants include ntalk, ytalk, and ports or emulators of these programs for other platforms.

Unix has the talk program and protocol and its variants xtalk and ytalk for the X Window System; VMS has phone; Windows for Workgroups has chat. ITS also has a talk system. These split the screen into separate areas for each user.

Unix's write command can also be used, though it does not attempt to separate input and output on the screen.

Users of such systems are said to be in talk mode which has many conventional abbreviations and idioms. Most of these survived into chat jargon, but many fell out of common use with the migration of user prattle from talk-like systems to chat systems in the early 1990s. These disused talk-specific forms include:

"BYE?" - are you ready to close the conversation? This is the standard way to end a talk-mode conversation; the other person types "BYE" to confirm, or else continues the conversation.

"JAM"/"MIN" - just a minute

"O" - "over" (I have stopped talking). Also "/" as in x/y - x over y, or two newlines (the latter being the most common).

"OO" - "over and out" - end of conversation.

"\" - Greek lambda.

"R U THERE?" - are you there?

"SEC" - wait a second.

"/\/\/" - laughter. But on a MUD, this usually means "earthquake fault".

See also talk bomb.
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Stability and balanced growth remained the goals, even through occasional missteps such as trying to talk down the equity markets' "irrational exuberance" in 1996 and suddenly cutting short-term rates in half-point chunks in 2001.
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I was so embarrassed for these pathetic people with their pretentious voices and I am angry at the BBC people who hire these bimbos to talk down to us.
We still await Panorama's efforts, which one hopes will at least treat the viewing public as intelligent rather than talk down to them as if they were all card-carrying morons.
They are impatient with guidebooks that talk down to them or that tout only the major sights and fail to capture the personality of a place and people.
We've taken great care not to talk down to our audience.
JUST as Dunfermline must sniff a chance of pulling off an upset, so too must St Johnstone, despite trying to talk down their chances of beating Celtic.
A police negotiator was called in to talk down a woman who threatened to jump from an office window.
We genuinely like what we do, and we don't talk down to the children.