We don’t use it over here. We use ‘hush!’ and ‘shut up!’ both of which have a hard, aggressive edge. ‘Hush up’ is assertive and uncompromising, but nestles in the soft velvet of the woman’s touch. It’s redolent of those terribly capable colonial women called Abigail who take care of all the practical and emotional stuff while the menfolk merely shout a lot and shoot things. I even constructed a little scenario around the fact, but I won’t bother to recount it. The old black dog hasn’t entirely released its grip yet.