Today’s Word: bite one’s tongue

April 26, 2018 =========

☆  bite one’s tongue  発言を控える


If you “bite your tongue” it means that you stop yourself from saying something that you want to say, because it would be the wrong thing to say in that situation. The useful phrase for this week, “I really had to bite my tongue at the meeting!”, would be used for example if your boss was suggesting something that you thought was ridiculous, but as it’s your boss, you have to agree.

In Australia, most people don’t usually worry too much about what other people think, so they tend to speak their mind, rather than bite their tongue! Of course, there are some situations, where you just have to bite your tongue (such as the work situation I just talked about) however, with friends and family, most people go with “honesty is best”, so they don’t bother to hold their tongue! I’m not sure if this is a good or bad thing though!!

Is it common to bite your tongue in Japan?