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7 polite ways to say " shut up"

1. Button up

2. Zip up

3. Cork it

4. Put a sock in it

5. Simmer down

6.Pipe down

7. Wind your neck in


Hello. Good day to all.

I read all these expressions and their explanations. But it is again interesting that native English speakers often use them or not? If you often use them, in what cases do you use them? Share your experience, please. Thank you.

Apr 28, 2018 11:24 AM
Comments · 6
Actually, these are all non-polite, wisecracking, ways to tell someone to stop talking. Number seven is funny. I've never heard it before. It sounds British to me.
April 28, 2018
I agree with @Truman; they are all rude. Better, more polite are "hush", "silence", or the far more common "be quiet". Inevitably, they are all commands and since nobody likes being ordered you will cause, more or less, offence.
April 28, 2018
A lot of these are British and still pretty rude tbh. The only polite way I guess is to say 'please stop talking', 'please be quiet'
April 28, 2018

Hi Leyla,

Most of those expressions are either not used or not exactly correct. Also, because they're colloquial, they're not really so polite! I'd sooner say these:

1. Button your lip.

2. Zip it.

3. Put a cork in it. (Same as "sock")

5. "Simmer down" means calm down.

6. "Pipe down" means "stop making so much noise" or "stop complaining".

7. Pull your head in. (Very common in Australia... but this really means "stop acting so arrogantly".)

April 28, 2018
Something tells me that  shut up or STFU much more common than those seven you've mentioned.
April 28, 2018
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