Discussion in 'English Only' started by sat, Nov 21, 2006.
What is "loose talk"? As in the phrase "calling that terrorism is loose talk".
"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.
I see! Could it be reckless or chancy?
Definitely! "Reckless" is a good synonym. "Chancy" does not sound so good in this context - it just doesn't seem to flow.
Very happy to have found my answer here !
>>Contents of the link added: Wartime poster with the slogan"Loose talk costs lives"
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.
How difficult is english !
in theses WWII British Posters website
are unfortunately very accurate ....
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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