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    "Let's not talk shop."

    "Let's not talk shop."

    1) Is this a request not to discuss things related to work?

    2) Is it a common expression?

    3) Can I talk to the boss or customers with this expression?

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    Re: "Let's not talk shop."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    "Let's not talk shop."

    1) Is this a request not to discuss things related to work?

    2) Is it a common expression?

    3) Can I talk to the boss or customers with this expression?

    Tks / ju
    Yes, it can be a common expression. Usually used by two persons who have the same type of job, for example two teachers meeting for dinner and one will say, "Let's not talk shop."

    Which means s/he doesn't want to talk during dinner about school or anything relating to their jobs. That s/he wants them to talk about other subjects than what they do for a living.

    It can be used when talking to the boss or customers. For example you are talking to the boss and you say "A bunch of us got together after work last night and it seemed like we ended up talking shop."

    Which means they ended up talking about the (their) job (what they do for work).

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    Re: "Let's not talk shop."

    Hi Ju,

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju
    "Let's not talk shop."

    1) Is this a request not to discuss things related to work? - Yes, exactly.

    2) Is it a common expression? - Very common.

    3) Can I talk to the boss or customers with this expression?
    Tks / ju
    A bit more tactful phrasing would be: "Could we please not talk shop right now?"

    Out of common courtesy, one should always consider including the word "please" in such a request. By the addition of the words "right now," you have subtly let the person you are addressing know that "now is not the right time" and that you will be perfectly willing to talk about such matters when the time is right (i.e., at work).

    As for your third question:

    - At a social occasion, addressing your boss directly -- probably not wise -- unless your working relationship with him/her would accommodate this; on the job, addressing your boss directly -- of course, at your own peril! Also, talking with your boss about "talking shop" with others, whether on or off the job, might appear just a little too forward. Depending upon your working relationship and other extenuating circumstances, one would do well to use best judgement and exercise caution.

    As for customers: - while off the job, a perfectly reasonable request; while on the job, similarly (as with your boss on the job) - if discussions relate to your assumed working role and responsibilities -- not very wise! If discussions do not relate directly to your working role and responsibilities -- exercise caution!
    Last edited by Monticello; 11-Apr-2009 at 13:43.

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