Shhhhh…mum’s the word!


mums the wordStaying mum means, saying nothing in order not to incriminate oneself. The earliest reference to this phrase is found in “Of the Seasons, by Francis Rabelais, 1653: I have known the time when Men reckoned the Spring to begin when the Sun enter’d in the first Degree of Aries. If they reckon it otherwise now, I knock under [‘concede defeat’], and Mum’s the word.”

Source: http://phrases.org.uk/meanings/mums-the-word.html

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