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8 Ways to Tell Someone to Be Quiet

8 Ways to Tell Someone to Be Quiet

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8 Ways to Tell Someone to Be Quiet

  1. Zip it - to stop talking immediately.
  2. Hush - usually used to tell someone to be quiet
  3. Conticent - silent.
  4. Obmutescence - a becoming or keeping silent or mute.
  5. Shush - to urge ...

Zip It

Definition - To stop talking immediately.

There is no dearth of occasions on which one might wish to ask others to be quiet, and so it is useful to have a variety of ways in which to make such a request. 

Hush

Usually used to tell someone to be quiet.

Hush may function as a number of different parts of speech (verb, noun, and adjective), although it comes from a Middle English interjection (huissht...

EMILY BRONTË, WUTHERING HEIGHTS, 1847

“Hush, hush!” I interrupted. “Still you have not told me, Heathcliff, how Catherine is left behind?”

Conticent

Definition - silent.

Sometimes it is nice to have an obscure way to refer to common things, and one would be hard-pressed to find a word more obscure than conticent.

  • The word comes in part from th...

Obmutescence

Definition - a becoming or keeping silent or mute.

Obmutescence is another lovely and obscure entry in the catalog of words for being quiet. It comes from adding the prefix ob- (to, toward) to the Latin mutescere (to become mute).

Shush

Definition - to urge to be quiet.

Although shush and hush would appear to be cut from the same cloth, etymologically speaking, the two words are distinct. 

Shush is of imitative origin, and is often used in the imperative to urge cess...

Shut Your Pie Hole

Definition - used to tell someone to stop talking.

Shut your pie hole may not be apt for most academic writing.

This euphonious idiom is first found in Stephen King’s 1983 novel Christine. However, this use is preceded by a similar turn of phrase, shut your cake-hole;...

Silence

Definition - forbearance from speech or noise; muteness — often used interjectionally.

“Silence!” is always a good thing to yell when trying to quiet a room full of unruly children. It is unlikely to have such effect, but at least manages to convey an air of gravitas.

Basta

Definition - that’s enough; stop it!

Although it is often used in English, we label basta as an Italian and Spanish verb. This is due to the fact that it has never really been fully naturalized in English, even though it has been in some use for hundreds of years.

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