What is a sounding board supposed to do?

"Though not a White House official, Hannity has been an informal adviser and sounding board for Mr. Trump, according to The New York Times and other reports. "
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What is a sounding board supposed to do? Simply listening to what you say, or propagating your opinions?

A dictionary describes the following three meanings:

  1. a structure behind or over a pulpit, rostrum, or platform to give distinctness and sonority to sound
  2. a device or agency that helps propagate opinions or utterances
  3. a person or group on whom one tries out an idea or opinion as a means of evaluating it
    Sounding board Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster

Who is Sean Hannity?
“Hannity has promoted falsehoods and conspiracy theories, such as casting doubt on Barack Obama’s birthplace, promoting conspiracy theories about the murder of Seth Rich, and reporting false stories about Hillary Clinton’s health. He was an early supporter of Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Since Trump’s election Hannity has often acted as a conduit for Trump’s messaging, criticizing the media and attacking the special counsel inquiry.”–Wikipedia

Sean Hannity has reportedly acted as a “conduit” for Trump’s messaging. Does this mean that Hannity has been a sounding board for Trump?

“Other people can provide a useful sounding board, and may reflect back to you their understanding of your problem and of your inclinations. Consulting too many people, however, can be a mistake because you may end up with too many opinions.”–Manage Your Mind.

In this situation, a sounding board is not supposed to spread a word about your problem and inclinations.

In your first post, the third definition is the correct meaning in the sentence you cited. And that’s also the most common of the three meanings, in my view.

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Do you imagine that the sounding board is facing you in order to listen to what you are going to say, or it is set behind you and you are sitting on the couch at Dr Freud’s office in London or Vienna? It seems that sounding boards were originally supposed to be set behind you or over you.

Until this thread I had never really thought of the actual object, just the person or group. And in that case you would face them, as in most normal discussions.

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Correct. The third definition is the one in this context and the most common. The actual object is not really used anymore.

  1. a person or group on whom one tries out an idea or opinion as a means of evaluating it
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It means he’s getting fed up with Trump.

I wonder if [[Paivi]] was joking. Who is “he” that is “getting fed up with Trump”?

Incidentally, Prinz once wrote:
“our old troll ‘Drew Peacock’ (the one who mocks children with cancer between far right political ranting) has multiple accounts! He has deleted two of them”

It seems that OyVey_6Gorillion", which was one of his recent usernames, changed to “Paivi”, and then the person deleted the account attached to it, for some reason. I wonder who is the new “Paivi”.

I imagine that if you delete your account, you will be unable to edit your posts for ever. So Paivi would not be able to edit "[[Paivi]]"s posts, which are filled with strange words, such as “tool”, “douche”, “douchebag”, “instable”, “fragile”, “thick”, “retarded”. He should have had edited his old posts before he deleted the account attached to the old Paivi. New Paivi is unable to edit/delete Old Paivi’s posts. Only the administrator could do it.

There are the two usernames in this thread.

In this case, it’s the last usage that is meant.

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A sounding board may be a friend that you trust so that you can “talk your thoughts out” so that you can hear yourself! (Especially for extroverts) when thoughts are said out loud one gains better understanding!