I'd like to know some idioms that are used at work by workmates or bosses.

  • For what situation?
    – Chaska
    Jan 16, 2020 at 2:35
  • You’re more likely to hear formal terms or professional jargon than slang at work.
    – Mou某
    Jan 16, 2020 at 5:00

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I think the 36 strategies of ancient China contains plenty of "slangs" that you can refer to at a work context, and fell under the requirement that you're seeking for. There is translated books about it that you can purchase online easily. Even though you don't want to read a whole book, you can easily search some general or detailed descriptions online.

Among those 36 strategies, I would say 抛砖引玉 is the most commonly used at a work context, and the meaning has been evolved when you use at work, and it is understood as "put forward a few pointers for discussion and comment". It also shows your attitude to the audience that you're being humble, and open and ready to listen to opinions.

And I'm sure there are a lot other slangs that are commonly used at work context, and I hope this answer can attract real "jade" from my "brick".:)


The most common slang words/phrases I know is sha2 instead of shen2me for 什么. Aside from that, there maybe also is wo3bu4er1dao instead of wo3bu4zhi1dao for 我不知道 (Please not this is only used for the negation!).

Those are not work or boss specific, but they are pretty common. Nevertheless I do not recommend using them, as it is commonly seen as 'uneducated'.

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    These are not specific to work. They can be used anywhere.
    – fefe
    Jan 16, 2020 at 5:49
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    @fefe that's absolutely correct. But OP didn't define any work context either. 'Not-so-good' questions generally receive 'not-so-good' answers. An answer still, but the quality is consistent at least.
    – metters
    Jan 16, 2020 at 5:52
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    “不儿道” /puɻ55 tao51/,“啥” /ʂa35/
    – Mou某
    Jan 16, 2020 at 7:25

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