One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An excessive talkativeness or loquacity; a tendency to speak out of turn or reveal secrets.
2(A nickname for) an excessively talkative or loquacious person, or one prone to speaking out of turn or revealing secrets; a gossip, a ‘blab’.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas North (1535–?1603), translator. From long + tongue.
long tongue/ˈlɒŋ tʌŋ/
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