It's an odd use of the phrase. Perhaps they meant 'unkempt' if you were looking sloppy and are normally well put-together. Or perhaps they meant something like "the worse for wear," if you had been through a grueling period since they'd seen you last.Thanks mgarizona!
The message I received was this:
"well...you didn't look all that well last week...little rough around
Yes, that is what it means. I think the phrase comes from making pottery. If you are a good potter, everything is perfect. If you are just learning you could make a very nice pot that has some rough pieces or be rough around the finishing edge. Not perfect, but quite acceptable.Thank you. So could it mean he has rough behaviour? That his behaviour is not entirely proper?
I don't think being 'rough around the edges' has anything do with social awkwardness, because social awkwardness implies that a person gets nervous and/or isn't sure how to act in social situations.In AE,I think "rough around the edges" doesn't usually mean looking ill. It doesn't refer to someone who is a rough person, but to someone who is not necessarily a very refined person or who is sometimes awkward in social settings or occasionally doesn't say quite the right thing or something like that.
In general, it describes someone who is not refined and may not act quite correctly. There could be a lot of reasons for this - maybe it has to do with their background or their outlook or their personality. Social awkwardness is just one possibility - they aren't sure how to act or don't know how to act. Or they may not want to conform. Or they have been brought up differently.I don't think being 'rough around the edges' has anything do with social awkwardness, because social awkwardness implies that a person gets nervous and/or isn't sure how to act in social situations.
A better description would be a person who isn't interested in conforming or going through the motions in social situations. Someone who couldn't care less what others think, which may by default offend people, but that doesn't necessarily have anything to do with social awkwardness.
It's somewhat positive because you have potential, but a little negative, because it indicates they think you need some more experience or training somehow. It depends on the context.So is it a good thing or not when someone described me as "rough around the edges, but have some potential."?