Are there tight-lipped elephants?
If you had to make a post about TACITURN, what would you say?
And someone gave an answer I loved:
“I used to believe that TACITURN meant… Elephant like…since it sort of rhymes along with Pachyderm…so are there any tight-lipped Elephants?”
I can’t say that I’ve ever thought of tight-lipped elephants and I’m grateful to anyone who makes me think of new things.
And speaking of tight-lipped elephants, I’m pretty sure there are elephants who would like to be tight-lipped, but since the upper lip has deserted the lower lip and partnered with the nose to make a trunk, I don’t really see how an elephant can manage to bring his or her lips together, let alone keep them tightly closed. Personally, I find it very unlikely that any elephant can be tight-lipped even if they wanted to. They don’t speak only through their mouth, they also speak through their trunks, so making the mouth shut up may be easy, but making your nose shut up, that’s something else altogether.
I always find that it’s rarely the mouth (or trunk) that causes the problem. After all what is the mouth if not the tool of the brain. If you haven’t a tight reign on your thoughts then it’s not your mouth that gets you into trouble, it just takes the rap. There is another term to delve into, the origin of, to take the rap.
Collin’s English Dictionary defines it as: If you take the rap, you are blamed or punished for something, especially something that is not your fault or for which other people are equally guilty.
Does that require forethought? Are you guilty by association? Or are you only guilty, as some would say, if you get caught?