Catch Word #179 – It’s in the vault

Everyone has secrets. When someone tells you a secret, are you good at keeping it to yourself? In this episode, Andrew and Morag explain in detail two expressions related to keeping information to yourself: in the vault and to hold your tongue.
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Fun fact

The expression in the vault was made popular by the TV show Seinfeld, created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld. Often described as “a show about nothing,” for its focus on the trivial details of daily life, Seinfeld also popularized a multitude of other expressions, including yada, yada, yada—boring or empty talk—and close talker—someone who stands too close to another person during conversation.

Expressions included in the learning materials

  • In the vault
  • To hold your tongue
  • To burst [someone’s] bubble
  • To think better of [something]
  • To talk back

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Andrew:           Hey Morag. How are you?

Morag:              I’m all right, Andrew. How are you doing?

Andrew:           I’m pretty good. You know, I had a really exciting weekend.

Morag:              Oh yeah? What happened?

Andrew:           Well, a couple of years ago, I started running. I thought, “I’m getting a little older, and I need to exercise regularly.” And I don’t really like the gym and lifting weights too much, so I decided to start running, to start jogging.  As time went by, I started getting faster and faster. But this weekend, when I went running, I was the fastest I’ve ever been. I beat a new personal record for myself. So I was really excited all weekend long.

Morag:              That’s really cool, Andrew. I’ve had my stints running before, and I really liked it, but I found it really hard to keep up all the time. So I’m very impressed.

Andrew:           Well, don’t be too impressed. Because I was pretty proud of myself, I was like, “Yes, I beat a new personal record. I’m getting faster.” I thought, “Hmm, maybe I’m getting to the point where I’m competitively fast.”

Morag:              Hmm.

Andrew:           “Where I could enter a race and not embarrass myself.” So I Googled my time to see how fast it was, and apparently, I’m on par with a non-competitive high school runner.

Morag:              Oh.

Andrew:           That sort of burst my bubble. Anyways, I can try to catch the high school athletes later. But for now, I think we’ll get started with this episode.   And just before we jump into things here, I want to remind everyone that the best way to study with Culips is by signing up and becoming a Culips member. Members get unlimited access to our learning materials, which include full transcripts, detailed vocabulary explanations, and a quiz for every episode. And all of this comes in a convenient PDF file. You can download it to your computer or phone, or I guess you could even print it out.

Morag:              Yeah, all of the info you need to know for the membership, and all the learning materials, is on our website, which is So feel free to take a visit to our site and find a membership option that works best for you.

Andrew:           Yes, totally. OK. So Morag, let’s get started today. And today, we’re going to do a Catch Word episode. And in a Catch Word episode, we teach and describe and explain how to use a couple of related English slang expressions.  And today, our expressions are related to the theme of remaining silent, or not sharing a secret or opinion, so keeping something a secret.

Morag:              So our first expression for the day is hold your tongue, hold your tongue.

Andrew:           Hold your tongue, yeah. To hold your tongue. Morag, what does this mean—hold your tongue?

Morag:              Well, to hold your tongue means to keep quiet mostly, or to stop or restrain yourself from saying something. Usually, it’s something that you feel like saying, but you probably shouldn’t.

Andrew:           Yeah.

Morag:              You want to say something kind of rude or mean, or you have an emotion and you want to express it, but you hold your tongue. And you stop because you think better of it.


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