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Shrug one's shoulders

Posted by Doc on September 16, 2003

In Reply to: Shrug one's shoulders posted by ESC 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 It has entries for both "shrug" and "bother."

I find the reference to to be appropriate but, unless you know more than we do, suggesting someone ask their teacher could be quite correct OR ridiculous. Teachers are quite a mixed bag in the US ranging from the very good to ignorant hazards (when avaible).