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TO SPEAK. This term is used in the English law, to signify the permission given by a court to the prosecutor and defendant in some cases of misdemeanor, to agree together, after which the prosecutor comes into court and declares himself to be satisfied; when the court pass a nominal sentence. 1 Chit. Pr. 17.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Smith calls speaking in tongues "resistance language," Reed says, because it subverts the modern conviction "of rational and empirical dominance in which we believe that we have control over everything." Another scholar, Simon Chan, writes about prayer language as a means of achieving a special kind of closeness with God--like the ungrammatical vocalizations human beings sometimes pass into in moments of exceptional intimacy with each other.
"Nine Lies People Believe About Speaking in Tongues" is written for people who are looking for answers to their questions about glossolalia and charismata, and for anyone seeking a new level of intimacy with God through a personal union with the Holy Spirit, in what the Apostle Paul presented to the Corinthian church as "a more excellent way,"
Pentecostals believe speaking in tongues may be an unlearned human language -- as the Bible claims happened on the Day of Pentecost -- or it may be the language of angels.
While Pentecostal-like phenomena had been present in the 1905 revival, the more controversial occurrences of speaking in tongues came later.
I believe that the inner significance of speaking in tongues or praying in the spirit can be found in something virtually every spiritual tradition in human history teaches in one way or another: that the reality religious symbols strive to express ultimately defies even the most exalted human language.