I have a general question and then a specific one.
Can someone list four or five ways to say "shut up" or "be quiet" or "hush" in Italian, perhaps ranked from most common to least common? Or most polite to least polite?
I think "stai/sta' zitto" and "taci" (from tacere) fall into this category. I think I have also heard "piantate" or something close to that. (Sorry, I am a total novice.) And very slangy (amongst teenagers): "muto!"
I think it's the second time I've heard Nicoletta saying this word (maybe both times to Stefano, poor guy). But, on the other hand, I have had more than one Italian tell me that "taci" is an "outdated" word, or one used in poetry (only?)....
In Le Nozze di Figaro it's used three or four times, including, Atto I, Scena I:
"Or bene: ascolta e taci!"