He got his patter down.

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redgiant

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Cantonese, Hong Kong
I came across this line "This guy got his patter down." from a reality show.

Background: A boss was praising one of his worker after watching the worker's daily performance, like his interaction with other workers.

Does "get his patter down" mean he is very good at talking/ well organized?(plausible glib talk) Thanks~
 
  • mangoman

    Senior Member
    British English
    Yes, plausible glib talk is exactly right. "Patter" was originally the content of a comedian's act, but by extension, came to be applied to businessmen making a sales pitch.

    If it's specifically about his interaction with colleagues, rather than customers, then "patter" sounds American. The British equivalent would be "banter".

    I can't see that it means anything like "well organized", though.
     

    redgiant

    Senior Member
    Cantonese, Hong Kong
    mangoman, you are right. He is interacting with the customers. Thanks for your helpful explanation.
     
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