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redgiant

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Cantonese, Hong Kong
Inspired by this thread, is there any more alternate and colloquial expression for "Confidentially" in this sentence:

"Confidentially, she is jealous of Janet's engagement."

Is it natural to say:

"Let's keep it to ourselves, I think she is jealous of Janet's engagement"
"Don't repeat it to other people. I think....."
 
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    "Strictly between you and me..."
    "This is between you, me and the doorpost..."
    "This is to go no further but..."
    "Keep this to yourself but..."
    "Don't repeat this to anyone else, but, I think....."
    "Don't go passing this around but..."

    There are many of these.
     

    morzh

    Banned
    USA
    Russian
    In this sense it may be also "between us".

    - Let's keep it between us.

    if you decide to use it as "Keep it to yourself", keep in mind - this can be rude. This is a strong suggestion to someone NOT to share something with other people, as other people have NO interest whatsoever to hear that/see that etc.

    Example:

    - I think a woman cannot be a good engineer. Why have we hired Ann?
    - Well, first of, Ann is a heck of an engineer, and for the future - try to keep your personal views to yourself. I don't have to listen to that.
     

    redgiant

    Senior Member
    Cantonese, Hong Kong
    "Strictly between you and me..."
    "This is between you, me and the doorpost..."
    "This is to go no further but..."
    "Keep this to yourself but..."
    "Don't repeat this to anyone else, but, I think....."
    "Don't go passing this around but..."
    "On the QT"

    I'd like to know if any of these expressions can be used for something we have done rather than said.

    For example, a woman mistakes a man for her boyfriend in the dark and kisses him. What expression would she use to demand him not to tell anyone?

    I think she could go with "Keep this between you and me", "This is between you and me". How about the rest of the suggestions above?
     

    Amante

    Senior Member
    English
    Depending on the situation, I would probably say " please don't tell anyone!". If you say " keep this between you and me", there is a hint of intimacy, like you're admitting to sharing something special. A more recent and slangy expression is " this never happened!".
     
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