On the QT

Posted by Bruce Kahl on November 13, 2001

In Reply to: On the QT posted by Milo on November 13, 2001

: does anyone know the origins/meaning of the expression 'on the QT'?

Pasted from the Word Detective:

"It's simply slang for "confidentially" or "quietly." If I tell you something "on the Q.T.," I mean that I would rather that you not blab it all over town. And although "Q.T." certainly looks as though it be the initial letters of two words, every slang authority seems to agree that its origin is simply the first and last letters of the word "quiet."

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