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Old April 26, 2012, 02:19 PM
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Exclamation Qué calladito te lo tenías

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When you ask sb sth and nobody says anything about it. Then you learn about it and you say gosh que calladito,lo tenías.
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Old April 26, 2012, 03:12 PM
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When you ask sb sth and nobody says anything about it. Then you learn about it and you say gosh que calladito,lo tenías.
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Wow, you've been very closed-mouthed about this!
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Old April 26, 2012, 04:57 PM
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Perfect Polly, thanks.
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tight lipped is a similar phrase
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Old April 27, 2012, 06:27 AM
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tight lipped is a similar phrase
Yes, I think far more likely than the other possibility.
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Yes, I think far more likely than the other possibility.
Pero en español esta frase tiene un sentido irónico siempre. El uso del diminutivo marca esa ironía.
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The phrase lends itself to irony in English as well, but not necessarily.
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Saying "calladito" instead of "callado" put some emphasis about a certain degree of stealthiness that exceeds prudence or cautiousness to become a bit malevolent or opportunistic -or anything with a negative connotation-.
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Saying "calladito" instead of "callado" put some emphasis about a certain degree of stealthiness that exceeds prudence or cautiousness to become a bit malevolent or opportunistic -or anything with a negative connotation-.
I think 'tight lipped' would also have this force. Somebody in a situation where you know they know something, but they are not saying it, for various reasons, often negative.
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