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Hi everybody! What do you call a person when you tell him or her secrets but he or she cannot keep the secrets and tells other people?
Thanks a lot!
Good question, Steve. There’s lots of words and expressions that describe that “general” type of person (Google “tattle tale” or “gossip monger” or “Judas”) but I can’t think of any that are specific to betraying your secrets. Every one that I can think of seems to mean a little more than just that.
I would call them a gossip. At school, where there was a penchant for Latinate phrases, they would be called a quidnunc. A good word but, I suspect, not well known these days.
With the right context almost anything can sound appropriate.
Blabbermouth, busybody, fink (or ratfink), or double crosser (if he promised to keep your secrets). If you're a criminal or in jail there are other words such as informer and canary.
trolley, tony h and BonnieL : Thank you all very very much for your help. I really appreciate it.
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