The word ‘readout’ has recently started appearing in various U.S. news reports in a sense that seems to be relatively new: a public summary of a meeting, or a phone conversation, which was not itself public (but was not secret either), prepared by (the staff of) one of the parties to it. How did this word end up serving that purpose? What is being read here? Out of what? Why is calling something a readout supposed to be more useful than calling it a summary or a press release?
(US) An official statement summarizing the points discussed during a meeting or phone call between diplomats or political figures.
- ‘the White House readout of the call came after the prime minister postponed a key speech on the European Union’