Depending on what your job is, the question"What do you for a living?" can seem like a ticking bomb. Some people have jobs that inspire a lot of curiosity or praise. Others have jobs where they get the same invasive and inappropriate questions that they have no idea how to answer. Or, the same stupid jokes that they are forced to laugh at every time, and the same suggestions for how to do their job better. This can be infuriating!
So @Gigs_and_hills on Twitter decided to do a little experiment. He asked people to share the most common responses or questions that they get about their job, without revealing their actual job title. And the responses are incredible. It seems as if many people get the same questions, and it can be easy to tell what some do for work, based on the responses. Of course, with anything good in this world, there are also some people who are really rude!
Twitter user, Steve H, asked this interesting question:
Without saying what your job is, what is the most common response you get when you tell people what you do? Mine i… https://t.co/wqwUaMANCq— Steve H (@Steve H)1539870232.0
@Gigs_and_hills "You don't need a degree for that!" or "Ssssshhhh. Hahaha!" Both rankle.— Jeremy Grayson (@Jeremy Grayson)1539897025.0
@Gigs_and_hills "it's not often you see men doing that".— Stephen Farrell (@Stephen Farrell)1539870994.0
Eye doctorOK, if I met an eye doctor, I would do the exact same thing. Sorry, but I'm blind and I need answers!
@Gigs_and_hills It’s either “So you’re a hacker then?” or the slightly more troubling “So, purely hypothetically,… https://t.co/DHsz3d1pyi— What Train Have We Got? (@What Train Have We Got?)1539871602.0
@Gigs_and_hills "Isn't that what spell-check is for?"— DM Things (@DM Things)1539894034.0
@Gigs_and_hills "Can you make my website?" Or "a what?"— Marisa Crane (@Marisa Crane)1539983177.0
Everyone's a writer
@Gigs_and_hills “One day I’m going to write a book; I just haven’t had time.” I’m going to start responding. “Oh on… https://t.co/tg1861ieow— Aileen Weintraub (@Aileen Weintraub)1539999632.0
Explain that again.
@Gigs_and_hills Sorry, you do what....?? Explain that again...— Stuart Reynolds (@Stuart Reynolds)1539873099.0
@Gigs_and_hills @Pastpreservers Oh you dig up dinosaurs or why is it underground— Christopher Clark (@Christopher Clark)1539903527.0
@Gigs_and_hills either "Oh so you are in between jobs?" or "Oh you must have loads of free time." I'm a stay-at-ho… https://t.co/phNpc5lMb9— Barantor (@Barantor)1539889962.0
@Gigs_and_hills “My nephew did ours, and it’s great. But then he went off to college and we don’t know how to chang… https://t.co/mRtkrP7lEn— Colin Dunn (@Colin Dunn)1539899518.0
Hot in here!
@Gigs_and_hills Does it get hot in there? https://t.co/YxNIOJwQrn— Cozmo LA Galaxy (@Cozmo LA Galaxy)1539906765.0
@Gigs_and_hills Didn’t you want to be a doctor then?— Pete Lax (@Pete Lax)1539873498.0
@Gigs_and_hills “Would you ever train to be a vet” 😠— Inkie (@Inkie)1539927630.0
@Gigs_and_hills "I was never any good at that at school."— Andrew Osbaldestin (@Andrew Osbaldestin)1539875851.0
@Gigs_and_hills But you seem so nice.......— Linz (@Linz)1539881722.0
Love to read
@Gigs_and_hills “Wow, you must really love to read!”— Kate Tuttle (@Kate Tuttle)1539894269.0
@Gigs_and_hills Ooh I bet you get free tickets and really good seats! What’s your number?— JOANNE ORR (@JOANNE ORR)1539893080.0
Dead bodies and fingerprints
@Gigs_and_hills @Pastpreservers "Dead bodies and fingerprints, that must be interesting "— First Forensic (@First Forensic)1539904020.0
@Gigs_and_hills "Oh...you must be really smart then"— Mirjam van Olst (@Mirjam van Olst)1539901151.0
@Gigs_and_hills "Do you work at Pixar/Disney?" Me: No "Well that's the goal, right?" Me: No— Fabian molina (@Fabian molina)1539997165.0
@Gigs_and_hills Either "so what do you actually... do then?" Or the slightly more enlightened "so you just like, po… https://t.co/xmAOAWuTnQ— Alli 🍋🏠🎨☕ (@Alli 🍋🏠🎨☕)1539971561.0
"Paid to babysit"
@Gigs_and_hills The one that pissed me off the most is “so you get paid to babysit?” Now I usually get “so what’s t… https://t.co/AIGCiDcEJC— J Womack Least Fun Person in the Fucking Universe (@J Womack Least Fun Person in the Fucking Universe)1539889617.0
@Gigs_and_hills "can you tell Tim Cook that I think that his new product line is _____" or "Hey, I'm developing t… https://t.co/cRS2Odb5iw— Mike Wuerthele (@Mike Wuerthele)1539888861.0
Knives and horseshoes
@Gigs_and_hills Mine would be either "Do you make knives?" Or "do you make horseshoes?"— CommonCrow the Goth Hobbit (@CommonCrow the Goth Hobbit)1539920080.0
@Gigs_and_hills “Oh. So maybe I can ask you a question, I just had an appt last week and they told me...” as they a… https://t.co/sqFDaZTxtm— Negeen Papehn (@Negeen Papehn)1539959470.0
@Gigs_and_hills I get a particular look in addition to the response of: "Oh, well can I get a happy ending?" And th… https://t.co/iSy1E6MCxC— 🎤🥁𝕂𝕖𝕝 𝔾𝕣𝕒𝕪𝕤𝕠𝕟🎸🎹 (@🎤🥁𝕂𝕖𝕝 𝔾𝕣𝕒𝕪𝕤𝕠𝕟🎸🎹)1539963068.0
@Gigs_and_hills I'm coming in a little late to this, but here goes. "I've had this plant in my yard and its leaves… https://t.co/h1Hh1cN2gg— Lincoln Cruz (@Lincoln Cruz)1539967974.0
"I should try that"
@Gigs_and_hills “Oh, I always thought I would be good at that. People have said that I should try that.”— ashlie atkinson (@ashlie atkinson)1539932197.0