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    bloodymeli is offline Newbie
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    Silence speaks volumes

    Hi,

    Does anybody know what is the origin of the expression "silence speaks volumes"?

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    Eli

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    Re: Silence speaks volumes

    Hello Eli, I'm Toni, from HK, nice to meet you here ;)

    I'm afraid I don't know what dose it (silence speaks volumes) mean.
    But what I found another nice saying was 'silence is golden'.
    Which means it is often best not to say anything

    well, anyway, I hope I could have helped!

    Do you want to be a friend with me? we can share our experiences anytime.

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    Re: Silence speaks volumes

    Quote Originally Posted by Toni Yim View Post
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    I'm afraid I don't know what dose it (silence speaks volumes) means.
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    Also, this is the second time I've seen 'dose' (not sure if it was you last time though) where the writer meant 'does' (/dʌz/)). I thought it was a typo then, but maybe I was wrong.

    'Speaks volumes' (where 'volumes' = big books) means 'is very expressive'. As Toni said, 'silence is golden' is an idiom (meaning 'keeping quiet about something is often for the best' - another saying that you could use with this meaning is 'Least said, soonest mended'); so it doesn't mean the same as 'silence speaks volumes' - which I've never met.

    What I have met is something very close to it, but with a possessive - example 'Your silence speaks volumes' (which means 'The fact that you're not saying anything tells me a lot'). What the possessive does is make the 'silence' specific, so it would be possible to say something like 'He didn't answer, and in this case silence spoke volumes'. But as I said, it's not an idiom I've met.

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    Re: Silence speaks volumes

    Quote Originally Posted by Toni Yim View Post
    Hello Eli, I'm Toni, from HK, nice to meet you here ;)

    I'm afraid I don't know what dose it (silence speaks volumes) mean.
    But what I found another nice saying was 'silence is golden'.
    Which means it is often best not to say anything

    well, anyway, I hope I could have helped!

    Do you want to be a friend with me? we can share our experiences anytime.
    :))) Can i be your friend??PLEASEEE.I m dying to have someone to chat with in english:D.

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