One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to indicate that the speaker knows something but chooses to keep the identity of their informant secret.‘a little bird told me it was your birthday’
- ‘Well - a little bird told me that you might have an interest in ships nowadays.’
- ‘‘No, a little bird told me,’ Janelle said, anger and sarcasm dripping from her words.’
- ‘I was about to convince myself that people were finally losing interest in the story, when a little bird told me to keep going.’
- ‘Hmmm… a little bird told me this morning that Ms. Hayward has a brand new boyfriend.’
- ‘He smiled, shrugging casually, ‘Oh… a little bird told me…‘’
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