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    work till you shop

    Hello teachers,

    Please, has anyone heard this expression "work till you shop" before? I have found it in a book by David JC MacKay "Sustainable energy - without the hot air", where it is introduced as a traditional saying.
    Howerer, I have found only something like "shop till you drop", or "work till you drop" which are pretty clear to me.

    What could it mean anyway, have no idea. Thanks a lot.
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    Re: work till you shop

    Quote Originally Posted by marvan View Post
    Hello teachers,

    Please, has anyone heard this expression "work till you drop" before? I have found it in a book by David JC MacKay "Sustainable energy - without the hot air", where it is introduced as a traditional saying.
    Howerer, I have found only something like "shop till you drop", or "work till you drop" which are pretty clear to me.

    What could it mean anyway, have no idea. Thanks a lot.
    [not a teacher]

    I think you repeated yourself, see above.

    Anyway, my opinion:

    "shop till you drop" - a common phrase in AmE
    "work till you drop" - not a common phrase in AmE
    "work till you shop" - makes no sense in AmE to me.

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    Re: work till you shop

    Hi, yes I have already corrected it :) Thanks. The strange expression I have found goes like "work till you shop".

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    Re: work till you shop

    Quote Originally Posted by marvan View Post
    Hi, yes I have already corrected it :) Thanks. The strange expression I have found goes like "work till you shop".
    It's possible that he wrote "work till you shop"*, but you'd need a special context for that to make sense. It's not traditional saying. So, in that respect, either the author is wrong, or you have misunderstood his meaning.

    * For example, he might be making a point that you have to work first to make money, and then you can shop. Not knowing the book or the author, it's impossible for me to say - though the title does indicate that there is an element of humour and word play in it.

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    Re: work till you shop

    He's most definitely playing on the original phase. I guess what he wants to express by this is that one needn't work oneself into a state of total exhaustion, but that one can do one's work efficiently enough to have enough energy to spare after a day's work to enjoy a little shopping tour which does not relate to shopping alone but to any fun activity.

    That's what I get from the title of the book.

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    Re: work till you shop

    It might be a deliberate mixing of metaphors. It's quite popular in American advertising or humor.

    Here's another one:

    He’s a wolf in cheap clothing.


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    Re: work till you shop

    Quote Originally Posted by Shenfeng View Post
    He's most definitely playing on the original phase. I guess what he wants to express by this is that one needn't work oneself into a state of total exhaustion, but that one can do one's work efficiently enough to have enough energy to spare after a day's work to enjoy a little shopping tour which does not relate to shopping alone but to any fun activity.

    That's what I get from the title of the book.
    Yes, it's obviously a playful turn of phrase.

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    Re: work till you shop

    Quote Originally Posted by Shenfeng View Post
    He's most definitely playing on the original phase. I guess what he wants to express by this is that one needn't work oneself into a state of total exhaustion, but that one can do one's work efficiently enough to have enough energy to spare after a day's work to enjoy a little shopping tour which does not relate to shopping alone but to any fun activity.

    That's what I get from the title of the book.
    Or, he's mocking consumerism by saying he works to shop.

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    Hello guys,

    Thanks a lot to all of you! I agree that he is mocking consumerism by adjusting a traditional saying so that it suits his purpose.

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