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Talk Shop


The English idiom
to talk shop means to talk about business, particularly in a non-work environment. For example:

A: Ted and Sue came to our party last night, but they didn’t speak to anyone.
B. What did they do all night?
A. They stood at the bar and
talked shop.
B. As if there isn’t anything more interesting to talk about than that!

As the dialogue above confirms, it is often considered impolite to
talk shop at social events. At the very least, talking shop is considered to be boring. However, when you consider how much time we spend in the workplace, it does seem rather natural to talk about what we do every day, doesn’t it?

For some further examples of how the English idiom
to talk shop can be used, have a look at these two recent articles :

Putin Welcomes Kissinger: Old Friends to talk Shop
- nytimes.com, 19 January 2012, Ellen Barry
African American Engineers Convene in Pittsburgh to Talk Shop, Promote Their Field
- imaginepittsburghnow.com, 28 March 2012, Bonnie Pfister

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