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    Question My cup of tea.

    Hello!

    I'd like to ask you if the idiom "It is (not) my cup of tea." means "It is (not) my business."
    And do really this idiom still popular nowadays?

    Thanks.

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    Re: My cup of tea.

    Not really. Here's what it means:

    not one's cup of tea (informal) - not what one likes or is interested in:
    cats were not her cup of tea

    Oxford - not my cup of tea

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    Re: My cup of tea.

    Nyota has supplied the definition and I'll just add that it's frequently used in AmE.

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    Re: My cup of tea.

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Nyota has supplied the definition and I'll just add that it's frequently used in AmE.
    . . .and in BrE, too.

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    Re: My cup of tea.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ksyu-k View Post
    Hello!

    I'd like to ask you if the idiom "It is (not) my cup of tea." means "It is (not) my business."
    And do really this idiom still popular nowadays?

    Thanks.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) Of course, this is only my opinion, but I would guess that

    this is no longer a popular phrase in the United States.

    (2) The last time someone said this to me was about 10 years ago, and

    the speaker was a "mature" person -- like me.

    (3) And I do not remember ever hearing it on the radio or TV during this

    time. Nor have I read it in newspapers or magazines.

    (4) I suspect (of course, I do not know) that most young people

    (who consider themselves to be "cool") would laugh if you used that

    saying. (In fact, is the word "cool" still cool?)

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    Re: My cup of tea.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    (In fact, is the word "cool" still cool?)
    No.


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    Re: My cup of tea.

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    No.

    At any rate it's probably cooler than 'groovy'

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    Re: My cup of tea.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tomasz Klimkiewicz View Post
    At any rate it's probably cooler than 'groovy'
    That's not true. Things can be "cool" only if they set the group apart. "Cool" is a mainstream word that everyone uses. As such, it's not cool.

    "Groovy", however, since it's no longer mainstream, is used in some hipster circles to show their "authenticity" and affinity with the culture of the 60s. As such, it's a "cool" word.

    But if you're not a hipster but, say, an investment banker and you use "groovy", it's no longer "cool"

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