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Making a dig at

Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:10 pm
by Stevenloan
My classmate: What brings you back to the student life?
Me: Excuse me! Are you making a dig at the fact I am a lot older than most people here?

Hi you guys! Here is the situation: Although I am almost 40 years old, I still come back to study at a college. My female classmate who is so much younger than me and sits next to me asks me the question above. What I mean by "Are you making a dig at the fact I am a lot older than most people here?" is I would like to ask her if she's trying to insult me with her question. Is my question correct here?

Your answers will be highly appreciated.

StevenLoan

Re: Making a dig at

Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:12 pm
by Erik_Kowal
My classmate: What brings you back to the student life? [Implied: You're clearly older than the average student here, and I assume you were also previously a student. Why have you come back?]

Me: Excuse me! Are you making a dig at the fact I am a lot older than most people here? [= You're being rude! Are you making fun of the fact that I'm older than most of the other students?]

Re: Making a dig at

Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:21 pm
by trolley
You'd be more likely to hear "taking a dig at...", around here. It means the same thing as Erik (and you) have suggested. Alternatives could be taking a poke, taking a jab, taking a swing. It's often meant as a somewhat less than serious slur. Not a "real" insult, but more like something you'd say to a friend if you were ribbing him.

Re: Making a dig at

Posted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:32 pm
by Stevenloan
Erik and trolley: Thanks you two so so much.