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    What is "practicing politics"?

    My guesses are:

    someone who is skillfully handling people.... Not really sincere, just trying to keep a conversation...fake, etc

    or

    talking about politics with people....

    or

    any other meaning?


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    Re: What is "practicing politics"?

    Hi, Pray,
    Sorry, there's not enough context.

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    Re: What is "practicing politics"?

    Quote Originally Posted by pray4amy View Post
    My guesses are:

    someone who is skillfully handling people.... Not really sincere, just trying to keep a conversation...fake, etc

    or

    talking about politics with people....

    or

    any other meaning?
    I agree with Humble that some context would be helpful, but I suspect that the meaning of "practising" is analogous with "practising medicine" ('being a doctor professionally'), so that a practising politician is someone who actually does politics for a living, rather than someone who goes to a parish council meeting every other Thursday evening!

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    If you're learning American English, don't worry about my spelling; but over here the verb is practise.


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    Re: What is "practicing politics"?

    Sorry that I should be more specific....

    I got this from the Billy Joel's "The Piano Man" lyrics...

    Waitress is practicing politics...

    I'm trying to figure out what the waitress was doing... was she talking about politics, or just playing nice but not really sincerely to her customers?

    Thanks.

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    Re: What is "practicing politics"?

    Just playing nice (but I think the idea of making a living is there too - she wants better tips).

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