“Shut Up!” An Opinionated Article on the Appropriate Time for the Phrase

Often times in conversing with peers or walking past groups of people who are engaged in conversation, you may find yourself in a position where you feel obliged by bubbling rage from somewhere deep inside to yell, “Shut Up!” However, it is used unnecessarily in some situations, and it may even come off as ruder than the inciting comment. I have taken it upon myself to chronicle anytime this week when I have felt like using the phrase, and I decided to review the cases further.

Case 1: Chronic Complainers In school as well as the workplace, it is an unavoidable truth that you will run into someone like this. Like the old saying goes, if you don’t know one, then it’s probably you. Chronic complainers often have an internal locus of control, meaning they feel that the cause of their problems is the world. They complain just to make conversation. Now, it is not acceptable to simply tell these people to shut up every time they speak nor is it efficient as it will probably add to their never-ending list of why their life is terrible. Their case is a complicated one as some complaints warrant the phrase while others do not.

Case 2: Irrelevant Commentator An irrelevant commentator is someone who makes statements that are unnecessary to the conversation. Whether it be statement of the obvious or completely off-topic, the irrelevant commentator can be an annoyance which calls for the phrase that pays, but using shut up in these cases is not acceptable. The use of shut up in this instance is comparable to yelling at a small child. Although it may solve the problem temporarily, people of this contingency are generally of a lower intelligence and deserve your pity.

Case 3: Outspoken Ignoramus This group is the most upsetting to hear. An outspoken ignoramus is someone who makes rude remarks that are politically incorrect in order to upset others or as part of a joke. In cases where this is heard, it can be appropriate to use our phrase in question. The discerning criterion for this case would be the direction of the statement. If it is used to at someone else’s expense, then I suggest that the phrase is used. However, if it used in conversation as a harmless joke, then it is best just to let it go.

These are 3 cases that I have examined this week. I know that the explanations are brief and need to be expanded upon before they can be used, so this is just scratching the surface on using the phrase, “Shut Up!”.

-Chris Kite-


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