[Ads-l] "shut up talking"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Oct 21 01:28:24 UTC 2015

On Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 6:53 AM, Stephen Goranson <goranson at duke.edu> wrote:

> Fwiw, I've heard "shut up talking..." before.

So have I. What should a person say, instead? "Don't talk about..."? "Stop
talking about..."? "Peace. Be still about... Does "Shut up talking
about..." really strike people as an odd construction, even odder than
"splitting" an infinitive with "not"?

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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