1. The art or practice of speaking without moving lips so that the voice seems to be coming from somewhere else.
2. The expression of one's views through another person, used as a literary technique.
Etymology: Literally speaking, ventriloquism is speaking from the stomach, from the former belief that the voice was produced from the ventriloquist's belly. The word is derived from Latin ventriloquus (ventriloquist), from ventr- (belly) + loqui (to speak). Earliest recorded use: 1797.
- The (sometimes) gentle nudge of the car behind and/or in front of you that occurs in the process of good solo parallel parking.
Oh man, this is a tight spot, I might have to love tap these cars a few times.
- The Charge of the Light Brigade: the British assaulted Russian forces during the Battle of Balaclava, which was commemorated in a poem by Tennyson (1854)
- Battle of Leyte Gulf: one of the largest naval battles in history took place between the US and Japan as the US invaded the Philippines (1944)
- United Nations: voted mainland China in, Taiwan out (1971)
- Operation Urgent Fury: the US invaded Grenada in response to the execution of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop (1983)
- Taffy Danoff (Starland Vocal Band) 1944
- Glen Tipton (Judas Priest) 1948
- Brian Kerwin 1949
- Matthais Jabs (The Scorpions) 1955
- Nancy Cartwright 1957
- Mark Miller (Sawyer Brown) 1958
- Nick Thorp (Curiosity Killed the Cat) 1958