Posted by ESC on September 16, 2003
In Reply to: Shrug one's shoulders posted by R. Berg on September 16, 2003
: : my teacher told me this motion means one doesn't understand or is not bothered.
: : what does "bother" in "I'm not bothered" mean?
: It means "upset," "disturb," "distress." To be not bothered is to be indifferent, to not care.
: Isn't your teacher willing to answer questions of that kind?
Go to Merriam-Webster online at http://www.m-w.com/home.htm It has entries for both "shrug" and "bother."