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Secrets

Post by Stevenloan » Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:26 am

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!

StevenLoan
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Re: Secrets

Post by trolley » Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:14 am

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.
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Post by tony h » Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:31 pm

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.
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With the right context almost anything can sound appropriate.

Re: Secrets

Post by BonnieL » Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:39 pm

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.
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Re: Secrets

Post by Stevenloan » Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:44 am

trolley, tony h and BonnieL : Thank you all very very much for your help. I really appreciate it.
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