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Not for the first time, Hu Jintao, the party's boss and China's president, rightly picks out two big problems: the widening gap between China's mostly urban rich and its mostly rural poor, and the party's lack of "internal democracy"--comrade-speak for accountability and the courage to question and debate.

Is 'speak' here used as a noun? Or is it used as a verb?

If it's a verb I don't get the meaning of 'comarde-speak for accountability ~~~'.

If it's a noun, is it common to use 'speak' as a noun?
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Noun:

comrade-speak: it's the language/slang/talk that comrades use

>If it's a noun, is it common to use 'speak' as a noun?

Yes. Look in dictionaries.
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Hi guys,

I wouldn't exactly say it's common. I seldom hear anyone say it. I read it in newspaper and magazine articles occasionally. It's always paired with another noun, with or without a hyphen, eg George Bush speak, liberal-speak. It usually sounds pejorative.

Best wishes, Clive
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Thank you, Marius Hancu!
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Hi, Clive.

My dictionary also says it's usually used in'-speak' form such as 'computerspeak' and it's disapproving expression as you mentioned.

Thank you.

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