Is there a word for 'saying what others are thinking' ? I'm just looking for a shorter way of expressing it, ideally in a word or very short phrase. I've searched online but am having difficulty finding out, so am guessing there may not be one.

Thanks in advance.

  • 'Anticipating' may work on occasion. Oct 19, 2020 at 16:45
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    Are you asking about the “Saying the quiet part out loud.” behavior or just the “I think I can speak for all of us when I say...” thing?
    – Jim
    Oct 19, 2020 at 20:26
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    I know somebody who uses "I'm only saying what others are thinking" as a way to try to claim that other people agree with the racist things that they just said. Is that the sort of use you had in mind? Unclear if you have a positive or negative situation in mind.
    – nnnnnn
    Oct 20, 2020 at 3:29

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Preemptive speaking, and various combinations using ‘preemptive’, comes to mind.

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    This would be improved with some supporting examples of the use of the term. Jul 27, 2022 at 19:37
  • Pre-empt means to stop other people from doing something (senses 2 and 5 there), more than it means to do what everybody wants to do.
    – Stuart F
    Jul 28, 2022 at 20:19

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