Saying the hymn for Matins in Lent made me wonder:
More sparing therefore let us make
The words we speak, the food we take,
Our sleep and mirth,--and closer barred
Be ev'ry sense in closer guard.
Ah, but there might be really serious matters that need discussion. That is exactly the sort of thing, which could benefit from 'sparing words.'
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.