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Hauld 'yer whisht
PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2006 8:03 pm Reply with quote
pdejager
 
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Whiile growing up in Ireland, this was a common phrase used by our parents to put us in our place. I remember it as a sharp command to 'be quiet'.

My understanding was always that it was a command with Gaelic origins to 'hold your breath', not so that you'd turn blue, but in the sense of holding back the breath you use to speak. Even as a child I liked the phrase. And today, as a speaker, a person who makes their living by merely making the air move, I savour it even more.

Does anyone have a different understanding of the phrase, anything else to add, or other regional ways of communicating the same command?

It's so much gentler than being told to 'Shut up!'

Slainte
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