words that rise to (someone\'s) lips

03:57 Jun 3, 2019
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English term or phrase: words that rise to (someone\'s) lips
Contoh kalimat:
He respectfully backed off, biting his lip to silence the comforting words that rose automatically to his lips.

Terjemahan yang terpikirkan:
- kata-kata yang naik ke bibirnya

Apakah dapat diterjemahkan secara literal atau terdapat padanan yang lebih idiomatis? Terima kasih.
Muhammad Fahmi Lubis
Local time: 19:06

Summary of answers provided
3kata yang muncul di bibir(nya)
D. I. Verrelli

Discussion entries: 1



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words that rise to (someone's) lips
kata yang muncul di bibir(nya)

This is an alternative to the Asker's suggested "kata-kata yang naik ke bibirnya".

I don't think it's necessary to emphasise the plural with "kata-kata".

Obviously words on one's lips cannot literally be seen, so "muncul" here would have to be interpreted in a broader, conceptual sense.

I am basing this on the idea that words rising to one's lips indicates an involuntary or unexpected quality of the utterance, especially from the perspective of the speaker. I think "muncul" may be able to convey this connotation.

I am pretty certain that the phrase is not trying to emphasise a literal route of the words through the body.

Note added at 68 days (2019-08-10 15:57:55 GMT)

Actually, "kata yang muncul di bibir(nya)" might be better if the words had actually been spoken.
If the person successfully manages to suppress the words, then maybe something else is required. "kata yang muncul/terbentuk di belakang bibir(nya)" or "kata yang muncul/terbentuk di pikiran(nya)"???

D. I. Verrelli
Local time: 23:06
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