Sotto Voice

This describes when someone says something softly, so other people won’t overhear, often to surreptitiously give the person instructions.

It’s from the Italian “sotto voce,” which literally means “under the voice.” It has history as stage direction during performances.

Why I Looked It Up

During an episode of Chuck, a character said something to another character quietly, and the closed caption was prefaced with “SOTTO VOICE:” It happened twice in the same episode.

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