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I read about this sentence "Your boss tells you not to bother taking off your coat" in a joke book. But I cannot catch the ethos of this kind of humor. Could someone please unravel it?

The original paragraph:

You can tell it's going to be a bad day when: Your boss tells you not to bother taking off your coat.

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    Is there any more to the joke?
    – user230
    Jul 30, 2014 at 2:45
  • Oh, I try to add it to see whether it helps.
    – Yes
    Jul 30, 2014 at 2:46

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This means that when you show up to work, your boss tells you not to bother taking off your coat because you won't be staying - you're fired!

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  • It's similar to a related joke about "Your coat is hanging on a shaky nail" or, in Scotland, "Yer jaiket's oan a shoogly nail".
    – tkp
    Oct 3, 2015 at 4:17

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