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  1. Stephania1
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    Question 'shut up'

    Hi,

    I was telling a colleague at work (she's american) something and she went 'SHUT UP, really?'... I think saying shut up means that she was surprised but is that rude? and is it just AmE or it is used in BrE as well?

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: 'shut up'

    I'm Canadian and I use it. It's a way of showing incredulity. Similar to "no way" or "Wow, I can't belive it." See definition #2 here: Urban Dictionary: shut up

    Max: I passed the exam.
    Sam: Shut up. That's excellent news.

    Max: We have 30 pages of homework to do over the weekend.
    Sam: Shut up. I can't believe it. Agh.

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    Re: 'shut up'

    Wow! I'm really learning on this forum. I would never have thought that 'Shut up' could be used in that way! It really could create a lot of misunderstandings, couldn't it? (this thing of using expressions differently)

    In fact, that 'really?' had already made me thinking.

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    Re: 'shut up'

    Meliorative.

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    Re: 'shut up'

    I had never heard that word before, either. You know, 'meglio' in Italian means 'better' and 'migliore' (read 'miliore') means 'the best'. But I'm sure you knew that as well.

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    Re: 'shut up'

    Latin.


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    Re: 'shut up'

    I think a similar expression is Get away from here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    I think a similar expression is Get away from here!
    I think you mean Get out (of here).


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    Re: 'shut up'

    OK, thanks.

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    Re: 'shut up'

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    OK, thanks.
    Get away from here! might scare some people.

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