Trending: β€˜shush’

Lookups spiked 28,900% on September 29, 2020

Why are people looking up shush?

Shush was among the top lookups during the presidential debates on September 29, as one candidate asked for another one to do just this.

What does shush mean?

Shush is defined as β€œto 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 β€œshush” him, but he was not going to be β€œshushed.”
β€” The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 23 Dec. 1915

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