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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.
Last edited by marvan; 20-Jan-2012 at 13:44.
Hi, yes I have already corrected it :) Thanks. The strange expression I have found goes like "work till you shop".
* 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.
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.
It might be a deliberate mixing of metaphors. It's quite popular in American advertising or humor.
Here's another one:
Hes a wolf in cheap clothing.
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.