One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An instrument for making the voice carry, especially at sea.
- ‘Pictures of the speaking trumpet can be seen in many paintings of the period.’
- ‘The apparatus employed consisted of a musket, to the muzzle of which a speaking trumpet had been attached.’
- ‘The speaking trumpets were sometimes used for shouting insults at rival parties.’
- ‘The speaking trumpet dates back to the days of the hand drawn and hand operated fire engines.’
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