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    taste your words before you spell them out

    Hello.

    In my language, we have a saying that literally translates to "taste your words before you spell them out". It means think carefully about your words and choose your words carefully before saying them. You need to be aware of what you say and the importance of the words you choose and the consequences of your choice of words.

    Is there an expression in English similar to "taste your words before you spell them out"?

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    Re: taste your words before you spell them out

    "Think before you speak." (That's rather literal, but it's what we say.)
    "Engage your mind before disengaging your tongue."

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    #3

    Re: taste your words before you spell them out

    I also found this on Google:

    Engage your mind before putting your mouth in gear.

    How common is it?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 30-Mar-2020 at 13:45.

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    #4

    Re: taste your words before you spell them out

    Yes, that's another version. You can say that.

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    #5

    Re: taste your words before you spell them out

    The expression weigh your words means something very similar.
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    #6

    Re: taste your words before you spell them out

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "Engage your mind before disengaging your tongue."
    That seems a bit odd. I would expect "before engaging your tongue" there. As it stands, it seems to mean that you should think before you stop speaking!
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 30-Mar-2020 at 22:41. Reason: Added missing word
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: taste your words before you spell them out

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    That seems a bit odd. I would expect "before engaging your tongue" there. As it stands, it seems to mean that you should think before you stop speaking!
    So, is this the correct sentence?

    Engage your mind before engaging your tongue.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 30-Mar-2020 at 22:41. Reason: Added missing word in quote box

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    #8

    Re: taste your words before you spell them out

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    So, is this the correct sentence?

    Engage your mind before engaging your tongue.
    Your suggestion "Engage your mind before putting your mouth in gear" is the best.

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