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On the British TV show Repair Shop, they rebuilt an old, wind up,  gramophone that had a large horn.  They said the acceptable way to make it less loud was to stuff cloth into the horn.  They said that was the origin of, "Put a sock in it!"

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I can attest to the sock method.....  my wife is much more quiet with the sock in verses out....



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