Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

not my (thing/bag/cup of tea)

not my thingnot my bagnot my cup of tea
Meaning(s)
1) something I'm not interested in or excited by (or good at)
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    • I'm not interested in, it's just not my thing/bag/cup of tea
  • Analysis
    When you say something is 'not your thing', 'not your bag' or 'not your cup of tea', it is a polite, informal way of saying it is something you are not interested in or excited by. "I like going to the cinema but action films are not my cup of tea, I prefer comedies." If something is 'not your thing', 'not your bag' or 'not your cup of tea' it means you don't like it. These are useful expressions for saying you dislike something without insulting someone who does like it.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I didn't go with my friends to the nightclub because dancing is really not my thing. I prefer chatting in the pub.
    2. Watching romantic comedies is not usually my kind of thing, but I was talked into seeing one yesterday and ended up really enjoying it!
    3. My friend offered me a free ticket to the concert, but I declined. Jazz music is really not my bag. The ticket should go to someone who would appreciate it.
    4. I know animated films aren't your bag, but I think you will like this one if you give it a try.
    5. I don't think I'll go with you to the nightclub, dancing isn't really my cup of tea.
    6. I know you don't really enjoy video games, but I think this one might be your cup of tea.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Analysing data is not my thing, I tend to go to Stephanie for help with analytics, she is an expert at it.
    2. Its time to accept that sales are not our thing and consider bringing in someone with expertise to help us.
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