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Re: "On the QT" where does that come from

Posted by Henry on November 19, 1999

In Reply to: "On the QT" where does that come from posted by Denise on November 19, 1999

: My father always said "on the QT" before he would tell me something secretive or that I should keep quite about. I wonder where that comes from....help

I've also heard this expression, so it's been around a good 50 years, and I understood that it originated by taking the first and last letters of "Quiet" and hey presto you've created a nice little acronym which rolls off the tongue. I agree with your definition of the meaning even while I think you intended "quiet" and not "quite".