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Where does the expression mums the word come from?

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Mum; not mother but 'mmm' the humming sound made with a closed
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[Q] From Tim Marsh in Australia: “Can you shed any light on the origin of the phrase to keep mum? I found, much to my delight, the following headline on the Web site for Melbourne
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Meaning Keep quiet - say nothing. Origin Mum; not mother but 'mmmmm', the humming sound made with a closed mouth. Used by Shakespeare in Henry VI, Part 2. 'Seal up your lips and give
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This expression dates from about 1700, but. mum. meaning "silence, is much older. In. 2 Henry VI. (1:2) Shakespeare wrote, "Seal up your lips, and give no words but mum.
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