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    KuaiLe is offline Member
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    meaning of "a shrug of"

    I'm reading The Fermented Man by Derek Dillinger. He talks about how a crock of fermenting sauerkraut used to be a commonplace scene in one's backyard. And under the influence of industrialization, sauerkraut has become a novelty condiment to be scraped off of hot dogs at baseball games. One day, he was at a supermarket surveying their fermented products, including sauerkraut. Then he says:

    "Among the canned vegetables are a few lonely vessels of sauerkraut. Bags of it are strategically located next to the hot dogs in another section, but here, the few available options look more like the sad novelty sauerkraut has become. More a relic of tradition, a shrug of a condiment, than a side dish legitimately enjoyed."

    I don't understand what "a shrug of" means here. I can understand "a shrug of the shoulders", but a shrug of a condiment? What does it mean?
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    GoesStation is offline Moderator
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    Re: meaning of "a shrug of"

    A shrug is a small, inconsequential gesture. The author uses the word to metaphorically say that the vendor doesn't care much whether or not you buy the product.
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