a closed mouth gathers no feet
From put one's foot in one's mouth (“to say something embarrassing or wrong, or to make a mistake in public, or a social blunder, that is embarrassing or offensive”), adopting the structure of a rolling stone gathers no moss and a closed mouth catches no flies.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ə ˈkləʊzd ˌmaʊθ ˈɡæ.ðəz nəʊ ˈfiːt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ə ˈkloʊzd ˌmaʊθ ˈɡæ.ðɚz noʊ ˈfiːt/
- Hyphenation: a closed mouth ga‧thers no feet
- (humorous) One who does not speak can be sure of not saying anything embarrassing.
- 1996, Marvin Phillips, “A Closed Mouth Gathers No Feet”, in Never Lick a Moving Blender!: Humorous Insights that Motivate and Encourage, West Monroe, La.: Howard Publishing, →ISBN; republished New York, N.Y.: Howard Books, 2010, →ISBN, page 72:
- So open your mouth to speak about what is good. And above all remember that "a closed mouth gathers no feet!"