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    shaking boss man

    When an assistant answer her boss by phone: "What's shaking boss man?" - what does it mean? How can I translate "shaking" here?
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    Re: shaking boss man

    Ignoring the fact that I would find that a very strange way for an assistant to answer the phone to anyone (especially her boss), I can only assume she means "What's going on?" or "What's up?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: shaking boss man

    Yes, she has Tourette ’s syndrome. But is it very rude?

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    Re: shaking boss man

    It's not rude inasmuch as it's not swearing. It's not a polite way to answer the phone to anyone. There is nothing in her question to suggest that she has Tourette's Syndrome.
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    Re: shaking boss man

    Quote Originally Posted by meliss View Post
    Yes, she has Tourette ’s syndrome. But is it very rude?
    It's not rude, but it is not a standard way of answering. Does she know the boss well and does she speak very informally to him normally? If not, then some might think it inappropriate if they didn't know she had Tourette's syndrome.

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    Re: shaking boss man

    There should be a comma after 'shaking'.

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