loose talk

Discussion in 'English Only' started by sat, Nov 21, 2006.

  1. sat Senior Member

    Greek, Greece
    What is "loose talk"? As in the phrase "calling that terrorism is loose talk".
     
  2. emma42 Senior Member

    North East USA
    British English
    "Loose talk" is talk that is potentially dangerous or offensive. There was a phrase in the Second World War, "Loose Talk Costs Lives", meaning that if people did not watch what they were saying or be aware that the enemy could be listening, people could be placed in danger.
     
  3. sat Senior Member

    Greek, Greece

    I see! Could it be reckless or chancy?
     
  4. emma42 Senior Member

    North East USA
    British English
    Definitely! "Reckless" is a good synonym. "Chancy" does not sound so good in this context - it just doesn't seem to flow.
     
  5. Mr Swann

    Mr Swann Senior Member

    Paris ( á côté de )
    french french
    Very happy to have found my answer here !
    >>Contents of the link added: Wartime poster with the slogan"Loose talk costs lives"

    loose2.jpg
     
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2015
  6. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    I don't agree with the original, very old, exchange. Loose talk here seems to mean talk that is not accurate. Indeed, everything these days is described as terrorism, when it's often not.
     
  7. Mr Swann

    Mr Swann Senior Member

    Paris ( á côté de )
    french french
    How difficult is english !

    in theses WWII British Posters website
    are unfortunately very accurate ....
     
  8. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    Loose talk in these security posters refers to saying things you shouldn't be talking about, often to people you don't know.
     

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