Word and Phrase Origins
Why is the phrase ' shut up considered politically incorrect?
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What is the origin of the phrase 'shut up'?
Who invented the phrase shut up?
The phrase "shut up" is not attributed to any specific or any one person. It likely originated from homes and farm life when window openings needed wood moved across the openings to "shut them up". It could also have originated with "shutting up" livestock in pens or barns. Over time, rather than "shut up" meaning "to close up" windows/doors/openings in buildings/cabins, the phrase focused more on stopping sounds or noise. This may be because animals tend to quiet when in enclosures where predators cannot stalk them, and the farm animals cannot see or smell predators. Examples of "close up" as "shut up": I shut up our cow, Bessie, in the barn. The horses are shut up in there with her. (closed up within) We shut up our meat reserves in the smoke house. They had to close and shut up the hunter's cabin. Little did the Alaskan family realize they would not return there for a decade. Being shut up in the house all day while it rained caused me 'cabin fever', another idiom of the past that is still used today. I had to tell my younger brother to "Shut up" dozens of times while we were stuck inside!
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What is the English translation of the French phrase 'Ferme la bouche'?
"Shut your mouth!" is a literal English equivalent of the French phrase Ferme la bouche! Specifically, the imperative verb ferme is "close, shut". The feminine singular definite article la means "the". The feminine noun bouche translates as "mouth". The pronunciation will be "fehrm lah boosh" in French.
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What words rhyme with shut up?
To rhyme a phrase, find words that rhyme with each word in the phrase and then try to put them together in order to fit into your poem or lyrics, or whatever you are writing. Words that rhyme with shut but cut gut hut jut mutt nut putt rut slut smut tut Words that rhyme with up cup pup sup I can't really see saying to anyone "Shut up, mutt cup," but it is sort of funny. :)