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Mum

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A strong beer made in Brunswick; so called from Christian Mummer, by whom it was first brewed.

Mum (a mask), hence mummer.

Mum’s the word. Keep what is told you a profound secret. (See Mumchance.)

Seal up your lips, and give no words but—mum.”


Shakespeare: 2 Henry VI., 1.2.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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