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    "He boasts his blue collar roots"

    Does it means he brags his blue collar or it means that he raises his collar's roots?
    I am not sure what roots are here... Um the verb is 'boast', right?
    Help me please, I cannot understand the sentence

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    Re: "He boasts his blue collar roots"

    Quote Originally Posted by anniey799 View Post
    Does it means he brags his blue collar or it means that he raises his collar's roots?
    I am not sure what roots are here... Um the verb is 'boast', right?
    Help me please, I cannot understand the sentence
    People who have jobs which require manual strength are called blue collar workers. They are called this because their shirts used to be blue. People who have office jobs are called white collar workers because they to wear only white shirts. This person is bragging, or boasting, about the fact that his family (his immediate family, the actual reference would be to his father because a blue collar worker is usually male) was poor. By saying that he was once (I assume) poor he is identifying with poor people.

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    Re: "He boasts his blue collar roots"

    I've never thought of it that way! Thank you!

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    Re: "He boasts his blue collar roots"

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    People who have jobs which require manual strength are called blue collar workers. They are called this because their shirts used to be blue. People who have office jobs are called white collar workers because they to wear only white shirts. This person is bragging, or boasting, about the fact that his family (his immediate family, the actual reference would be to his father because a blue collar worker is usually male) was poor. By saying that he was once (I assume) poor he is identifying with poor people.
    I wouldn't say necessarily "poor." "Working class" or somewhere in the middle class. The image is of a hard working man, paid by-the-hour.

    This could be a unionized auto or steel worker making quite a good living.

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