Stupid names for everyday things

mustang1

Guru
Location
London, UK
... and then everyone wanted to be a CXO. First it was CEO. And I never figured out what the difference between CTO and CIO was (chief information officer Vs their tecc officer).

Also, everyone these days is a Director or Vice President. The corp world is a messy place.

And wth is an elfanashoogan?
 
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Drago

Drago

Flouncing Nobber
Location
The Oval Office
Roly's Fudge Pantry at Ilfracombe had a big sign in their window, several years ago, reading..........'Fudge Packers Wanted - Apply Within'.
I know a chap who drives a forklift at a sweetie factory and loads the lorries. That's ^^^ what he says his job is if you ask.
 

goo_mason

Champion barbed-wire hurdler
Location
Leith, Edinburgh
Nearly forgot: when did we start referring to dogs as 'doggos' rather than dogs/doggies and pups as "puppers" rather than pups/puppies?

It seems to be a thing on social media these days, but it really needs to stop...
 

Brains

Guru
Location
Greenwich
Is the phrase 'calling a spade a spade' something to do with the building trade or something to do with how one refers to a person of African origin?
To "call a spade a spade" is a figurative expression. It is also referred to as "let's call a spade a spade, not a gardening tool" which refers to calling something "as it is",[1] that is, by its right or proper name, without "beating about the bush"—being outspoken about it, truthfully, frankly, and directly, even to the point of being blunt or rude, and even if the subject is considered coarse, impolite, or unpleasant.

The idiom originates in the classical Greek of Plutarch's Apophthegmata Laconica, and was introduced into the English language in 1542 in Nicolas Udall's translation of the Apophthegmes, where Erasmus had seemingly replaced Plutarch's images of "trough" and "fig" with the more familiar "spade."
 

MichaelW2

Veteran
Mine was ever better!
"Special Needs" !
Now SEND
 

tom73

Über Member
Location
Yorkshire
Before payments went electronic pension books and the like used to be printed in house by the DWP. The printing machines used to be housed in some old army huts round the back. Each book was stamped by one of two members of staff using a machine called a bonker. Think of the fun when asked at party what do you for job.:smile:
 
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Drago

Drago

Flouncing Nobber
Location
The Oval Office
Optometrist. What was wrong with being an optician?

And dentists now being called 'Doctor', despite not having a doctoral degree. What's that about?
 
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