What Is The Origin Of The Idiom, "To Speak With A Forked Tongue."?


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Aisha Profile
Aisha answered
A forked tongue is a tongue split into two distinct ends at tip. This is a feature common in many species of reptiles. The reptiles smell using the tip of their tongue, and a forked tongue allows them to tell from which direction a smell is coming from.
It has given rise to the expression "to speak with a forked tongue," meaning: To say one thing and mean another and in more general terms, to act in a duplicitous manner.
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Joshuah Oatman answered
Yes, you are correct as to the meaning of the saying, but I was more concerned as to what the origin of the term is. Do you think it is a biblical reference, serpent in garden of Eden, just curious as to when this terminology began being used etc.

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