Lookups spiked 28,900% on September 29, 2020
Shush is defined as “to urge to be quiet; to hush.” It is of imitative origin, formed in mimicry of shhh. The word is of a fairly recent age, dating in use from the early 20th century.
Several of the brothers and sisters tried to “shush” him, but he was not going to be “shushed.”
— The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 23 Dec. 1915
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