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Quien Calla, Otorga: And more about silence

Cuando callas otorgas...
When you keep silent, you consent...
[Caption 10, Circo > Un Accidente] 

In the refrain to this catchy punk-pop hit, lead singer Fofé uses the common verb callar, which anyone who has ever annoyed their Spanish teacher knows means "to be quiet," "to keep silent" or, more bluntly, "to shut up." The next verb, otorgar, often means "to grant" [as in, permission] or "to award." There's an expression in Spanish: Quien calla otorga, which basically means "silence is consent" (or, "whoever is silent, consents"). So the refrain can be interpretted as "When you keep silent, you consent."

¡Cállese!
"Shut up!" (singular)

¡Cállense!
"Shut up!" (plural)

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