Secrets

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Secrets

Post by Stevenloan » Mon May 07, 2018 1:26 pm

Hi everybody! What phrases do you use to say when you want to keep something secret?

Your answers will be highly appreciated

StevenLoan
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Re: Secrets

Post by tony h » Mon May 07, 2018 7:05 pm

I'm not telling you.
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I'm puzzled therefore I think.

Re: Secrets

Post by Stevenloan » Tue May 08, 2018 3:03 pm

tony h: Thanks a lot for your version.
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Re: Secrets

Post by Erik_Kowal » Tue May 08, 2018 3:13 pm

You:

Keep something under your hat; keep mum [about it]; stay quiet / silent [about it]; say nothing [about it]; keep [it] sub rosa [Rare usage]; keep [it] to yourself; keep [it] confidential.
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Post by trolley » Tue May 08, 2018 10:13 pm

Another way to say this is “to put/keep something in the vault”. This phrase gained a lot of traction after appearing in a few Seinfeld episodes in the 90s but I can recall using it much earlier. The idea of keeping a secret hidden away under lock and key goes back at least as far as my early childhood. It was sometimes accompanied by a hand gesture that mimicked locking your lips with an imaginary key and then tossing it away. It appears now that this use of “vault’ has evolved (everbed?)

“Don’t tell anyone.”
“Consider it vaulted.”
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Post by tony h » Wed May 09, 2018 11:38 am

This is for your ears only.

This must not go any further.

Chatham House Rules

Can you keep a secret?

Sometimes in the dialogue:
A: what's going on?
B: Can you keep a secret?
A: Yes.
B: Yes, so can I

B does not tell A what is going on


This is confidential.
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Re: Secrets

Post by Stevenloan » Wed May 09, 2018 4:37 pm

Erik and trolley: Thank you both very much for your help. tony h: Thanks a lot for your extra versions.
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