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  • It means "Be quiet!".

    August 22, 2008

  • In Scots, a word meaning "Be quiet" is usually spelled as wheest or whist. It is a favoured word of bad-tempered school teachers in particular...

    August 22, 2008

  • I think in Ireland, we spell this "Wisht!" (whist being a card game).

    There is also a similar word "Wisha", or "Whisha", which I associate with a kind of melancholy longing that the world were other than it is.

    August 22, 2008

  • I say this. I don't know where I picked it up.

    August 23, 2008

  • See whisht.

    September 5, 2008