Learn English – Someone Selective About Sharing Information / Knowledge for Exclusive Use


What do you call a person who is selective about sharing information/knowledge with others because he/she wants the exclusive/private use of that information/knowledge to his/her own benefit/credit.

For instance, a epicurean who doesn't freely share their latest/greatest finds (i.e., restaurants, where they got their clothes, shoes, accessories, and other products from, etc.), and who will only share with certain people he/she is fond of or wants to impress. He/she doesn't want others to copy or take credit for the privileged/valuable information/knowledge attained.

Thank you!

Best Answer

Both "knowledge hoarding" and "information hoarding" are terms used in professional environments to describe people who do just what you describe. They refuse to share information or innovation with others, keeping it to themselves for any number of reasons: accolades, promotions, pay incentives, etc. If you do a Google search on "Knowledge hoarding," you will find a number of resources (Bloomberg, Forbes, and Harvard Business Review, to name a few) which address it from varying standpoints. Does that term fit your needs? I can't think of a single word that describes the same thing, but if I come up with one, I will certainly share it with you.