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not utter a word

To be completely silent; to remain discreet (about something); to not tell anyone (about something). All the while our father was shouting at us, my sister and I didn't utter a word. Tom, don't you dare utter a word about this! I would die of embarrassment if anyone were to find out.
See also: not, utter, word

not open one's mouth

 and not utter a word
Fig. not to say anything at all; not to tell something (to anyone). Don't worry, I'll keep your secret. I won't even open my mouth. Have no fear. I won't utter a word.
See also: mouth, not, open

not open one's mouth

Also, shut one's mouth; not say or utter a word . Be silent, repress one's feelings or opinions, keep a secret. For example, Don't worry, I'm not going to open my mouth on this issue, or She promised not to say a word about it to anyone. Also see hold one's tongue; keep one's mouth shut.
See also: mouth, not, open

utter a word

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Presumably one would be inclined to accept the second alternative if one supposes that the utterer of (19) knows the meaning and content of the item to which reference is made in the utterance, whereas one would rather reject this idea if one supposes that the utterer does not possess such knowledge.
From these comments, we are confronted with two opposing characterizations of Artaud's language, which, in turn, imply two conceptions of untranslatability: on the one hand, language as the melodious utterance that aspires to a nonverbal connection with the outside world and that is untranslatable because it does not need to be translated; on the other hand, language as the cacophonous scream that encloses its utterer within the walls of his private idiom and that is untranslatable because it is physically unreadable.
a proof or a symptom that there exist concepts in the soul of the utterer.
There is, of course, an implicit dialectic to this concept, and not only in the most obvious way; just as the "I" cannot be conceived outside of a dialogical situation--a context that necessarily includes a potential other, a "you"--so does it contain a tension between the grammatical subject of a sentence and the discoursing subject that produces it: both uttered and utterer.
When Lyotard describes "a situation of continuous embedding, which makes it impossible to find a first utterer," he acknowledges that social forms are indeed inherited, but continually undergo change as people reconstruct and re-imagine the past (34; quoted in Bhabha 57).
Eric Deblois, 18, of Seekonk, charged with possession of a counterfeit note and three counts of receiving stolen property over $250, continued without a plea or finding and placed on pretrial probation for one year, ordered to complete 40 hours of community service, $200 costs; and being a common utterer of counterfeit notes, dismissed.
The historical profession, therefore, inevitably confines itself to an 'objectivity ritual' that appears to be the disguise of an anonymous writing style, wherein the utterer of the discourse--as in Barthe's definition--employs an "elaborate technical apparatus (footnotes and citations as scaffolding)" to help hide his/her role in the deception (in Breisach 78).
And utterer of the catch-phrase that was to become immortal: "Don't panic.
The utterer predicts a course of events, foretells future.
And since it loves knowledge and knows love, the word is in the love and the love is in the word and both [are] in the lover and the utterer (Book 9.
Grice's project, which remains controversial, was to demonstrate that the primary notion of meaning was explicable in terms of the intentions of an utterer to induce in the audience certain states of belief.
In "The Discourse of History," Barthes parallels the objective type of historian's concealment of himself as utterer of his own discourse to that of the so called "realist" novelist:
The phrase is dense with commitment, renders the utterer vulnerable, carries huge, long-term risks, more often than not leads to irrational behaviour, emotions unhealthily ride a roller-coaster, Nirvana looms tantalizingly on the horizon, legal responsibility sooner or later ensues, marriage materialises in its definitive, irreversible guise: 'Till death do us part.
Huxley's two-sentence autograph addition discredits its utterer, castigates Our Ford, and ridicules the brave new world.
Lycan says that for an event to be R, "the utterer must have it at least tacitly in mind as a live prospect" (19).