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Hear a pin drop

Posted by Shae on September 30, 2005

R. Berg informed us back in 2001 that the earliest appearance of the expression in English was 1870. The image was used much earlier in literature, albeit not in English. The following translation is from an 8th century Irish manuscript:

"When he spoke, a needle falling in the house could be
heard."

Just thought you should all know that.