I would like to know the meaning of "terrific rep" as used in the pilot episode of the TV serial "The Office."

Here is the context:

Michael: Question. How long do we have to... [Telephone rings] Oh uh, Todd Packer, terrific rep. Do you mind if I take it?
Jan: Go ahead.
Michel: Packman.
Todd Packer: Hey, you big queen.
Michael: Oh, that's not appropriate.
Todd Packer: Hey, is old Godzillary coming in today?
Michael: Uh, I don't know what you mean.
Todd Packer: I've been meaning to ask her one question. Does the carpet match the drapes?
Michael: Oh, my God! Oh! That's... horrifying. Horrible. Horrible person.


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    This is too vague to be able to answer succinctly, I'm afraid. Could you at least share the context, as "rep." could be "representative", "reputation" or even "reptile"... while I doubt it's an accolade for someone's dinosaur skills, it can't be ruled out at this stage. Commented May 1, 2016 at 14:31
  • That expression is from TV Serial "The Office". Commented May 1, 2016 at 14:40

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In this context, "rep" is an abbreviation for representative.

The Wikipedia article on Todd Packer says that he is the Outside Sales Representative of Dunder Mifflin.

The adjective "terrific" means he is good at his job.

  • Thank You very much for Your clear reply. Russian interpreter translated it as " пройдоха; - bounder, rapscallion, wheeler-dealer." Commented May 2, 2016 at 8:34

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