Why do students see the phrase "shut up" almost as bad as saying "damn it" in class?
To be clear, "shut up" is a phrase I rarely use, prefering "be quiet" of course, --with "please" attached usually-- but when I am exasperated with a student, that is the phrase I want to use, "shut up".
Where do students get this from? Is it in a children's book published in the last 15 years? Is it from the overwhelming amount of undue self-esteem pumping up that is done in elementary school? What?
Where does their gasping come from when that phrase comes out of my mouth?