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On the Q.T.

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'?