Posted by James Briggs on June 09, 2001
In Reply to: On the Q.T. posted by Bruce Kahl on June 09, 2001
: : Does anyone know exactly what the phrase "on the Q.T." means.
: : I have had always heard it to be synonymous with saying something off the record or meaning that something you have just said is to be kept secret.
: : Example: "I'm saying this to you strictly on the Q.T., but I think the Senator will be running for re-election next term."
: : Any ideas?
: : Thanks.
: Yes, the meaning is just what you think--something just said is supposed to be secretive or "off the record".
Any idea where 'QT' comes from? Is is shorthand for 'Quiet'?