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Shut Up

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“Shut Up!” is another way of saying “You’re Joking!”. In this way, the phrase “Shut Up!” isn’t meant to be taken as a mean-spirited or defensive comment, it’s used light-heartily as a way of saying “You’re kidding!”. It’s not that they were upset and wanted the other person to stop talking, it’s just that the person was surprised at what the other person was telling them. This phrase “Shut up!” when used to convey a sense of shock was probably derived from a metaphorical semantic shift. The phrase “Shut up!” that is commonly used to tell someone to literally “shut their mouth” or “to stop talking” is now changed to another meaning that is similar but its not meant to be taken literally or even seriously. It’s used to let someone know how excited or shocked they are about what someone is telling them.
 
In the movie, it was common for a character to be telling a shocking or outlandish story and all of a sudden someone would say “Shut up!”.
Etymology : The phrase “Shut up!” that is commonly used to tell someone to literally 'shut their mouth' or 'to stop talking' is now changed to another meaning that is similar but its not meant to be taken literally or even seriously. It’s used to let someone know how excited or shocked they are about what someone is telling them.
Source : Mean Girls, Dir. Mark Waters, Writ. Tina Fey, Paramount Pictures, 2004, DVD
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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