[ shop-tawk ]
/ ˈʃɒpˌtɔk /
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the specialized vocabulary having to do with work or a field of work: I don't understand electronics shoptalk.
talk about one's work or occupation, especially after the workday is over.
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
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Example sentences from the Web for shoptalk
His acolytes, some of whom refer to themselves as “health freedom fighters” are undeterred by this sort of jealous shoptalk.Honey Boo Boo, Snake Oil, and Ebola: The Weird World of Young Living Essential Oils|Kent Sepkowitz|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When we get to the truck, Nagle and two workers immediately launch into shoptalk.
British Dictionary definitions for shoptalk
/ (ˈʃɒpˌtɔːk) /
conversation concerning one's work, esp when carried on outside business hours
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