[Ads-l] "shut up talking"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Oct 21 13:08:10 UTC 2015


OED  shows no exx. of "Shut up!" taking a direct object.

I would have said "Shut up about blah blah" without the need to specify
"talking."

"Shut up talking" sounds very odd to me.

(Earliest "Shut up!": 1840).

JL

On Wed, Oct 21, 2015 at 8:19 AM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:

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