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Hi, I just had an argument with a friend on the phrase "Speak now or forever hold your peace", usually used in matrimonial proceedings. According to him, it ought to be "Speak now or forever hold your piece" which though not grammatically wrong, it in my opinion not the proper usage in the context of the original phrase.

Can someone shed some light on this please? I am absolutely convinced that its shd be PEACE and not PIECE. Emotion: smile

THANKS!
Hi,
I just had an argument with a friend on the phrase "Speak now or forever hold your peace", usually used in matrimonial proceedings. According to him, it ought to be "Speak now or forever hold your piece" which though not grammatically wrong, it in my opinion not the proper usage in the context of the original phrase.

Can someone shed some light on this please? I am absolutely convinced that its shd be PEACE and not PIECE. Emotion: smile

It's 'peace'. 'Hold your peace' means 'be silent, don't say anything'. In other words, take this opportunity to speak of any reason these two people should not get married, or else never say anything about this matter in the future.

I refuse to speculate on what it would mean if someone at a wedding decided to 'hold their piece'.

Best wishes, Clive
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CliveHi,

I refuse to speculate on what it would mean if someone at a wedding decided to 'hold their piece'.

Best wishes, Clive

One of your more cowardly moments, eh Clive?
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Anonymous:
It's piece. As in, your oration. Hold your piece. If you were at peace with the situation it would not need to be held. Speak now or forever hold your piece implies that you have something to say on the matter, but if you do not share it at that time, you must hold it forever.
Hi,

No. 'Hold your peace' is an archaic way of saying 'be silent'.

Consider this.

MINISTER) Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today in the sight of God to join this man, and this woman in holy matrimony. Not to be entered into lightly, holy matrimony should be entered into solemnly and with reverence and honor. Into this holy agreement these two persons come together to be joined. If any person here can show cause why these two people should not be joined in holy matrimony, speak now or forever hold your peace.

From http://www.dotcomwomen.com/home/wedding/traditional-wedding-vows.shtml

Clive
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Anonymous:
Well they could be holding their "piece" of cake!!
Anonymous:
I actually think it's "piece" as in "speak your piece now, or forever hold it".
Anonymous:
This link gives the best justification for the correct word being "Peace."

http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/32175
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