nudge nudge" followed by "say no more, say no more
," is a statement
popularized by Eric Idle
in his Monty Python
days in the early 1970s. The winks and nudges are verbal explications of gestures
people make when they
want to pass on something sly (a wink of the eye and an elbow in the other person's side, nudging). The "say no more" extender means, rather literally, "You don't have to tell me anything more."
This buzz term
(or terms) was used
when Idle played
a character (usually opposite fellow Pythoner Terry Jones
as a stuffy Brit), who persistently (and wrongly) tried to put a sniggering sexual implication on perfectly ordinary
-- Idle: "Your secretary, she's a bit of a goer, isn't she?"
-- Jones (perplexed): "Umm, perhaps."
-- Idle: "Wink wink nudge nudge
. Say no more, say no more."
Within the past 30 years "Wink wink nudge nudge
" has also taken on almost its exact opposite meaning, used sarcastically
to mean something
along the lines of "I'm sure it's painfully obvious to us both."
"Look at her, do you think
she runs, do you think
"I'm not sure what you mean."
(Very broadly): "Wink wink nudge nudge
say no more, say no more."
* * *
"Did you have any idea
that Senator X was closeted and gay?"
"Oh, wink wink nudge nudge
. Anyone gay, or anyone working in official Washington (D.C.) knew it already."