We have a foreign boss, he isn't very receptive if we broach subjects with him about his mannerisms. However he has been very interested in learning different colloquialisms or idioms. We have been using this as a way to broach hard subjects with him, like when he is being rude.

For instance he has a habit of walking away when someone is speaking to him, is there a saying that we could say in this situation? When he asks what that means we can explain he is being rude by not listening to someone.

  • You could try introducing him to sarcasm as a way of presenting difficult issues while still laughing a little to take the edge off, by saying, "Don't mind me; it's not like I'm talking." This approach assumes (a) he hasn't walked out of earshot, and (b) that saying that sentence interests him enough to come back and ask about it. If that doesn't work, maybe up the ante by asking, "What, am I invisible here??" – JoshG Sep 14 '18 at 17:07
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    You might want to post to workplace.SE for how to handle. As for the word, your question will get closed if you don't given an example sentence. – jimm101 Sep 18 '18 at 21:12
  • Jim, what do you mean by an example sentence? Where should I place it? – Krista Callahan-Molodecki Sep 26 '18 at 19:40
  • For the "not listening/not responding" part, there is the idiom, "It's like talking to a brick [or stone] wall." The rudeness aspect is implicit in the inflexibility and unresponsiveness of the wall. – Sven Yargs Sep 27 '18 at 4:33

to fall on deaf ears idiom TFD

To be ignored.

As in:

... our words are likely falling on deaf ears.

  • This is not a bad idea, either. OP, you might try, "I see my words are falling on deaf ears. Oh well." – JoshG Sep 14 '18 at 17:09
  • Thank you, I knew there had to be some but nothing was coming to mind! – Krista Callahan-Molodecki Sep 14 '18 at 17:13

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