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PostPosted: Jun Tue 28, 2016 10:25 pm 
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At time while listening to a show like Fibber McGee and Molly, I here one of the characters say I got a TL for you. It was often used in a situation when one character was trying to enlighten another with some fact. Any one hear this term?


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At time while listening to a show like Fibber McGee and Molly, I here one of the characters say I got a TL for you. It was often used in a situation when one character was trying to enlighten another with some fact. Any one hear this term?

I found this online. It's not a simple answer but it's probably correct:

"This cryptic abbreviation derives from an exchange between a father and his sons in 1605.
One day, Edmund of Langley saw that his sons were studying their Latin. According to an account of the incident, Langley asked his sons if they knew the Latin word for “fetter-lock.” When it became evident that they didn’t, the father said , “I will tell you!” adding “Hic hac hoc taceatis” by way of advising them not to tell their instructor that he had coached them. [The word “Tace” is Latin for “Be silent.”]

Either Langley or one of his sons (probably the latter) later recounted this story. In academic circles, it soon became a common example of helping someone (or doing someone a favor) secretively.

In his novel AMELIA, Henry Fielding refers to this account when one character cautions another, “Tace, Madam, is Latin for candle. I commend your prudence” - identifying the word “tace” with something done or said “in the dark.”

In 1811, Sir Walter Scott hearing the phrase for the first time, said: “Tace will be hereafter with me Latin for ‘candle!’” Students and academics soon adopted this phrase [“Tace is Latin for a candle”] - which was eventually abbreviated to TL - as a veiled hint to something about which one must remain silent, i.e. a secret."

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 Post subject: Re: What is a TL
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Would there be an accompanying gesture to the utterance of "TL"? Such as the placing or tapping of either index finger to the side of the nose, sometimes with a wink and or a nod?
Curious, as I watch a lot of British movies, seen the gestures associated to mean "Keep quiet" but never heard the utterance of TL..

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 Post subject: Re: What is a TL
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All I was able to find.

http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_boar ... /1682.html

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I think I may have found what you're actually looking for I was talking to my mom the other day who was born in 1928 she said as a little girl in the thirties that TL actually stood for tick a lock... meaning to keep quiet keep it under your hat it's a secret. Don't Say Nothin... shut up. Hope that shed some light


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Here's another funny/odd term used several generations ago.
"french letter"
.... very strange etymology... but it means a condom.

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Pbpix wrote:
Here's another funny/odd term used several generations ago.
"french letter"
.... very strange etymology... but it means a condom.

As I understand it, they were originally sold in small paper packets that resembled envelopes.

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Peter...back in high school around 1966 I heard it was "French Safe." WhaddaIknow?
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Back then they were made of leather.


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