[Ads-l] "shut up talking"

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Wed Oct 21 12:19:01 UTC 2015


Normal for me to say, or at least to shout in anger or frustration.

"Shut up" doesn't easily take an object. "Stop talking" has an immediacy
that doesn't convey the desire that the topic is not to be brought up again.
On Oct 20, 2015 9:29 PM, "Wilson Gray" <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> On Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 6:53 AM, Stephen Goranson <goranson at duke.edu>
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> > Fwiw, I've heard "shut up talking..." before.
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> 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"?
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