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Politically Correct Job Titles You've Heard  
User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8689 times:

Hey all,

The other day, I heard probably the most ridiculous PC job title I've ever heard. It was a receptionist position, but instead of receptionist it was called "Director of First Impressions"  Yeah sure  Yeah sure  Yeah sure  Yeah sure  Yeah sure  Yeah sure  Yeah sure  Yeah sure  Yeah sure  Yeah sure  Yeah sure  Yeah sure  Yeah sure  Yeah sure  Yeah sure

Another bad one is "Sanitation engineer" for garbage men. What exactly are they engineering? I'd say the guy who designed the sewer system for the whole city is the real "Sanitation engineer". Not some guy heaving bags into a truck.

If you've heard some other bad ones, please list them in this thread!


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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8681 times:

Here's a few non-PC titles.

Actress
Waitress
Stewardess
Woman doctor
Male nurse

[Edited 2007-08-06 20:07:09]

User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8676 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 1):
Actress
Waitress
Stewardess
Woman doctor
Male nurse

I'm talking about politically correct titles, not politically incorrect  Wink



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8442 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8676 times:
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dustman = sanitation engineer
housewife = home executive

I'd carry on but I am becoming nauseous  vomit 



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User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3829 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8676 times:

sanitation engineer = garbage man


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User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8671 times:

Quoting Andz (Reply 3):
housewife = home executive

You just reminded me of another one for housewife: domestic engineer  Yeah sure



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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6299 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8657 times:

Quoting VonRichtofen (Reply 5):
You just reminded me of another one for housewife: domestic engineer

Yeah as an engineer I take offense to that!  Wink

At the building I work at, our custodian/cleaning lady is officially "facilities operator"...nice.


User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8651 times:

Haha, my job title falls into this category. The official title is "Hospitality Coordinator", but really, I'm a seater/greeter/cashier at a restaurant.

I've heard "Vertical Transportation Specialist" for elevator operators.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39687 posts, RR: 75
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8643 times:

Guest Services Ambassador (GSA).

Those are the people that pass out coupons at the front entrance of Target.
Go to your nearest Target and ask.  yes 



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User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8643 times:

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 7):
I've heard "Vertical Transportation Specialist" for elevator operators.

My god.....



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User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8636 times:

Quoting SW733 (Reply 6):
Yeah as an engineer I take offense to that!

You know, I've always wondered if real engineers are offended by some of these ridiculous titles. I mean real engineers go to school for years, study hard, etc. Then some schmoe with a grade 10 education gets a job shoveling sewage and now he's an "engineer" ?



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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6299 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8634 times:

Quoting VonRichtofen (Reply 10):
You know, I've always wondered if real engineers are offended by some of these ridiculous titles. I mean real engineers go to school for years, study hard, etc. Then some schmoe with a grade 10 education gets a job shoveling sewage and now he's an "engineer" ?

Nah I'm not really offended...I mean, I'm an engineer yes, but I don't have advanced degrees that I went to school for tons and tons of years for. My cousin does, however (well, a Masters and working on a Doctorate), and he doesn't care. As long as they don't take his job so he has money to drink, he's fine...so am I  Wink


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8685 posts, RR: 43
Reply 12, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8627 times:

Quoting SW733 (Reply 6):
cleaning lady

That's "Putzfrau" in German, and the official term is "Raumpflegerin" or "room caretaker" in English. Trouble is that the German word "Pflegerin" also basically refers to nurses.

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 7):
I've heard "Vertical Transportation Specialist" for elevator operators.

Brilliant!  rotfl  You couldn't make this up!



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User currently onlineBoeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1829 posts, RR: 23
Reply 13, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8604 times:

Quoting Aloges (Reply 12):
That's "Putzfrau" in German, and the official term is "Raumpflegerin" or "room caretaker" in English. Trouble is that the German word "Pflegerin" also basically refers to nurses.

Hmm... interesting. My German isn't amazing, but I have only heard "Krankenschwester" for a Nurse. Maybe it's because I only learned Österreichisch Deutsch.  Wink


User currently offline747438 From UK - England, joined Jan 2007, 837 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8589 times:

Bouncers are now known as " Eviction Technicians"

User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8569 times:

Quoting VonRichtofen (Reply 5):
Quoting Andz (Reply 3):
housewife = home executive

You just reminded me of another one for housewife: domestic engineer

Oh, please.....domestic goddess at least.

In one job I was referred to as the Communications Specialist. (I was the receptionist)



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User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8561 times:

We have "Corporate Security & Lobby Receptionist"

for "person who pages people when you arrive"


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8685 posts, RR: 43
Reply 17, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8549 times:

Quoting Boeing744 (Reply 13):
Hmm... interesting. My German isn't amazing, but I have only heard "Krankenschwester" for a Nurse. Maybe it's because I only learned Österreichisch Deutsch.

It applies more to domestic nurses as fare as women are concerned. In the case of male nurses it's "Krankenpfleger" and a "cleaning gentleman" would be a "Raumpfleger".

Actually, I think the official term for "nurse" has changed as well, to "Gesundheits- und Krankenpfleger(in)".



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 47
Reply 18, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8549 times:

Can somebody actually verify that there's a job title of "sanitation engineer?" I think that's just a PC poster joke.


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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 19, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8538 times:

Quoting Aloges (Reply 12):
That's "Putzfrau" in German

Personally, instead of "Putzfrau", I always say "Putze".  Wink

Quoting Aloges (Reply 12):
the German word "Pflegerin" also basically refers to nurses.

And a "Pfleger" also means male nurse. My father worked as one before doing his training to become an EMT (which he couldn't finish after getting permanently disabled because of a heart condition). It paid the rent, so no complaints about the job. No idea how it is now.


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8685 posts, RR: 43
Reply 20, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8529 times:

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 19):
Personally, instead of "Putzfrau", I always say "Putze".

I was only trying to be polite!  sarcastic 

 Wink

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 19):
It paid the rent, so no complaints about the job. No idea how it is now.

Well, some nurses earn more than the doctors they work with... *whistle*



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8520 times:

What about "Ejaculation technician" for a hooker?

User currently offlineDeskflier From Sweden, joined Jan 2007, 537 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8504 times:

In Sweden we have the "room caretaker" for cleaning lady, but since that has lost its glossy appearance, the term "hygiene technician" has come into use.
The thing that takes the cake is that here, a prison guard is known as a "caretaker".



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User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 53
Reply 23, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8497 times:

Garment removal specialist.............stripper


Crye me a river
User currently offlineMBMBOS From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2597 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8479 times:

In our firm we have a "Chief Talent Officer". A few years ago the title was Human Resources Director.

25 MD11Engineer : What about "screw"? Jan
26 CasasEWR : Petroleum distribution engineer = gas station attendant. Us folk here in New Jersey have full service gas stations, we don't have to pump our own gas.
27 Post contains links LHMARK : BTW, Sanitation Engineer is a less PC, and more accurate, title than some of you guys think.
28 TZ757300 : Something that disturbs me highly
29 FlyDeltaJets87 : Yea, my dad used to tell people he was "A representative in product distribution for the Mobil Oil Company" and people used to go "Oh, really?" and h
30 MD11Engineer : Sounds like this old joke: Little boys competing in school with their dad's job. Little Johnny is showing off big time:"My dad drives big cars and al
31 Post contains images Learpilot : I was sitting in a great clips or some other haircut joint (I forgot which one exactly) and heard one of the stylists talking to a customer, and when
32 767Lover : I have always thought that it sounded better to be a "secretary" than the PC title now used, "administrative assistant." At least "secretary" infers t
33 ShyFlyer : It does. Having been one myself, that's exactly what you end up doing.
34 IFEMaster : "Kitchen Technician" for a dishwasher. "Domestic Engineer" for a stay at home mum. Both completely ridiculous.
35 ZKSUJ : One guy told me that in his country, bus drivers are called Bus Captains.
36 Helvknight : On EI they're still called Air Hostesses
37 Post contains images FighterPilot : I titled myself a "Stock Replenishment Technician" at the grocery store I work for. Cal
38 57AZ : Here in Tucson, Sun Tran (our local transit operator) refers to bus drivers as "coach operators." I don't really care what they call it as long as who
39 LTU932 : It would probably be more appropiate for someone who actually drives a coach (e.g. a Greyhound bus, or Ticabus buses). For me, a coach operator doesn
40 Post contains images DavestanKSAN : Deeplight From United States, joined Apr 2007, 13 posts, RR: 0 CREW Dave
41 VC10BOAC : Yes, this is a legitimate job title. Construction Engineers have the same education and certifications as the Design Engineers in the office, but the
42 Post contains images SandroZRH : In Zurich, they call the Tram-drivers Tram-pilots
43 Post contains images Fumanchewd : Back in my days as a fluffer they put "Member Facilitator" on my business cards.
44 WildcatYXU : It wouldn't be enough for them, it would be rather "ejaculation engineer" or " horizontal service engineer"
45 Post contains images FlyDeltaJets87 : Drug Dealers --> "Street Pharmacists" At Subway, the workers are now known as "Sandwich artists." Nowhere near as ridonkulous as many of the already m
46 JBLUA320 : When I was 15, I worked at a major chain of ice cream stores, and our title was Professional Scoop Artist. JBLU
47 ScrubbsYWG : i'm not sure how you know that this woman's husband is not an engineer working in the construction industry, doing things like site audits, project m
48 STLGph : America West Airlines , in one of their printed timetables, had "In Flight Passenger Service Representative"
49 CanadianNorth : technecally: "Cabin Service Agent" really: Groomer translation: I stock galleys, clean seats and vacuum jets for $12/hour CanadianNorth
50 Usnseallt82 : entrepreneur.............pimp
51 Ag92 : They have that in Singapore Regards Ag92
52 Post contains links and images ZakHH : Glad that organization did not call itself "American Ring of Sanitation Engineering", else their URL would be www.arse-plumbing.com ...
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