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    Question 'gen somebody up'?

    Hi,
    Does 'gen somebody up' mean the same as 'inform somebody', and 'let somebody know'?



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    Default Re: 'gen somebody up'?

    Yes. It's a dated expression, though.

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    Default Re: 'gen somebody up'?

    I've never seen it used separably or transitively. 'I must gen up' or 'get genned up' was the WWII slang (Gen = 'general infiormation'). Today, I only meet 'gen' in cryptic crossword clues.

    The modern work-place slang would be 'get someone up to speed'.

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    Question Re: 'gen somebody up'?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I've never seen it used separably or transitively. 'I must gen up' or 'get genned up' was the WWII slang (Gen = 'general infiormation'). Today, I only meet 'gen' in cryptic crossword clues.

    The modern work-place slang would be 'get someone up to speed'.

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    Ta! "Get someone up to speed" = "let someone know"?

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    Default Re: 'gen somebody up'?

    Sometimes just that, sometimes a bit more: 'tell someone about the latest developments in a project, so that they can be productive members of the new team'. So you can think of 'speed' as (figuratively) a wave, and they have to get 'up to speed' in order to surf the wave.

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