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  1. How Shut Up Became So Mean

    Shut up began as a verb phrase meaning "to secure something away in a receptacle." Shut it up! By the 1500s, it meant "to confine someone," "to close a door or window," or "to bring to a conclusion." Creepy ... Then Jane Austen and Charles Dickens came around, and they used it a bit more rudely.