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Ten Polite Ways of Asking Someone to Shut Up!

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shut_up Now this one reveals some practical wisdom that (some of) the editors gathered while working on the first issue. Due to confidentiality agreements, we cannot reveal names but rest assured; some of these have come in handy while others will be tried out soon! Oh and by the way, we started out trying to remain polite but we must confess, we didn’t manage to remain totally polite towards the end of the list…


  1. A closed mouth gathers no feet.
  2. You aren’t learning much if your lips are moving.
  3. What did silence ever do to you?
  4. You are over-achieving, just relax now.
  5. Take a chill-pill!
  6. Yes dear, you are right.
  7. Are the people you know all mute?
  8. Oh dear, are you suffering from verbal diarrhoea?
  9. Never miss on a good opportunity to shut up.
  10. If you do not shut your mouth now, I will beat you to a pulp and make you swallow yourself.

Please feel free to share some of your own. Don’t forget to mention how successful these have been! 😉


– The Suffering Editors || ||


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Written by Editor

June 2, 2009 at 5:00 am

Posted in Issue 01

8 Responses

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  1. Actually it depends on the way of delivering these ,but these are very helpful


    May 26, 2017 at 8:39 am

  2. […] but I’ve made it my mission for 2012 to master this skill. Perhaps I’ll start with this list. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like this […]

  3. – “you say it best when you say nothing at all” (like Ronan Keating’s song) lol
    – I heard that when someone talks for one whole minute straight a leprechaun cries for a whole year.
    – face masks are in these days…


    December 24, 2009 at 7:53 am

  4. Very helpful, thanks 🙂

    Lila Sweetheart

    August 1, 2009 at 2:09 am

  5. I’m already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth


    July 14, 2009 at 9:03 am

  6. Another polite way to ask someone to shut up (quite often used nowadays): “Can you please send me your important ideas by e-mail?” (but of course this option might also give rise to another issue: how do you ask someone politely to stop sending e-mails..?)

    Ad van Dommelen

    June 8, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    • Why aren’t there filters for face-to-face communication just like there are online?


      June 18, 2009 at 2:52 am

      • Oh yes… then another way of telling someone to shut up is: sorry, don’t take spam… or: My firewall objects, please stop!


        June 18, 2009 at 10:42 am

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