Posted by Brian from Shawnee on August 03, 2005
In Reply to: "Talking shop" posted by Smokey Stover on August 03, 2005
: : : Where does the term "talking shop" come from and how did it become so perjorative?
: : When people "talk shop" they are usually co-workers who could be at lunch together and start talking about the job.
: : This talking shop may or not be pejorative. It can sometimes help blow off steam to share with each other.
: And has expanded its range of meaning to include any people talking about business or professional affairs rather than merely socializing--talking about affairs rather than having them, in some cases. "I saw you having coffee with Nurse Nancy in the hospital lounge." "We were talking shop. We have a difficult patient." Or: "Did you have a relaxing time out on the fairway with Ambassador Grushenko?" "Actually, we went there to talk shop." SS
"Talking shop" is used pejoratively when people start talking business at what's supposed to be a non-business event, like a family dinner or a child's birthday party. Traditionally it's a wife or mother who scolds male family members for talking shop in those situations.