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how to understand "original" [EN]

it is like this, my boss he said i am very original , am I suppose to understand in a commendatory way or derogatory?

for a moment i did not know how to answer back, so i just said " oh..."

i was to shy to ask what he means.... can someone help me to understand better of this
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Old 12.04.2011, 10:02
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Re: how to understand "original"

It could be a compliment, as in "innovative" etc.

Is he a native English speaker?
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Old 12.04.2011, 10:03
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it is like this, my boss he said i am very original , am I suppose to understand in a commendatory way or derogatory?

for a moment i did not know how to answer back, so i just said " oh..."

i was to shy to ask what he means.... can someone help me to understand better of this
For me , original is not weird. Weird would be derogatory, original therefore is complimentary. The French use the word more often and in French it is complimentary. So ask for a pay rise while your on the up!!
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Re: how to understand "original"

original as in,
you are fun, not like anyone else, one of a kind ...
thinks differently, perhaps its the colour of your hair, the way you hold your cup of coffee, or you are just plein weird.
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Re: how to understand "original"

Definitely sounds like a great complement, like you think outside the box.

It is however possible, with the right delivery, it was a bit of an insult, but usually you can figure that out from mannerisms. Fairly unlikely though.
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It could be a compliment, as in "innovative" etc.

Is he a native English speaker?
well yes, his mother is from canada and father swiss, grow up in Canada till 30 years old and then worked in switzerland for another 10 years.
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Re: how to understand "original"

Original with your ideas? Work ethic?

Could be that you are, in his eyes, unique. I think I would take it as a compliment.

How was his demeanor? Was he saying it through gritted teeth and looking a bit p*ssed off or did he say it with a smile?
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For me , original is not weird. Weird would be derogatory, original therefore is complimentary. The French use the word more often and in French it is complimentary. So ask for a pay rise while your on the up!!
...hahahahhaha.........so will do in a proper time
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Re: how to understand "original" [EN]

Depends on the delivery. If there's a slight pause before the "original" then he could be saying that you're "special".

cf.

I like your hair. It's very [slight pause] original.

I like your new design. It's very original.


Calling a peson original seems a bit odd to me. Unless you have three legs and four noses. Or you're Adam (of Adam and Eve fame).
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