Pretty much everyone knows the feeling of dealing with people who have no idea what your profession is actually all about. Sometimes it even becomes frustrating to explain the nuances of your job over and over again. But if people will pay attention to this post, many won't have to do it ever again.

Recently, Portland-based icon designer Louie Mantia started a very informative Twitter thread, asking people, "What's something that seems obvious within your profession, but the general public seems to misunderstand?" Many people rushed to debunk the myths surrounding their professions, and their responses are both hilarious and eye-opening.

"I was inspired to ask that question because I too have felt like there are misconceptions about what I do," Mantia told Bored Panda. "Earlier that day, I posted about best practices in app icon design, and was met with a lot of pushback. I realized a lot of others probably feel the same way about their own jobs."

"I remember when I visited Buckingham Palace a few years back, there was an insane amount of people," Mantia added. "The police officers had to continually keep their cool while telling different people to stay in a certain area. They couldn’t get mad at them because every time they had to say it was to a different person." He thinks a lot of people can relate to that. "They might have to repeat something to [their] customer, but that customer doesn’t have the knowledge or experience about the other side that often. They need a short explanation."

Mantia thinks there are many reasons why such misunderstandings are common, but pop culture is the big one. "Hospital shows portray hospital jobs inaccurately. Law shows do the same. And any show that has ever shown someone pounding away at a keyboard has contributed to some incorrect views of hacking or programming," he said. "TV and movies can do a lot of damage in this regard. For example, Lee Unkrich at Pixar noted that voices are recorded before the animation. But because of Mrs. Doubtfire’s opening scene with Robin Williams recording a cartoon character’s voice after the animation was finished, a lot of people now believe that’s the way it’s done."

Continue scrolling to read the responses Mantia has received and upvote your faves! (Facebook cover image: Marina Kuperman Villatoro)

More info: louiemantia.com | Twitter

#1

Manager

Manager

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ADHORTATOR
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3 years ago

This is so true....

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#2

Nurse

Nurse

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stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

wait, you're NOT all sexy? well sorry, but saving lives and healing the sick is pretty sexy in my book.

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#3

Librarians

Librarians

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Holl Balls
Community Member
3 years ago

Do people not go to libraries? Our community library plays a big role in the community.

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#4

Programmer

Programmer

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Dysania
Community Member
3 years ago

Yup, thats what my friend keeps telling me: "We are just much better in using google than anyone else."

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#5

Photographer

Photographer

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Mimis Nachbarin
Community Member
3 years ago

Sadly enough that does not only count for pictures...

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Environmental Scientist

Environmental Scientist

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N G
Community Member
3 years ago

Listen to scientists and don't vote for Trump

Mother Mary Helen
Community Member
3 years ago

I do and I didn't.

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Dr. Cheri Hayes
Community Member
3 years ago

Ah, the ol' 'comment section becomes political and argumentative' posts...give it a rest, will ya? People who believe that climate change is real will never change the minds of people who don't, and visa versa. This is not helpful.

Steve Bowman
Community Member
3 years ago

Right on, Doc.

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stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

interesting fact, an ice age is defined when both polar caps are covered in ice, like now. so we're in an ice age (technically), from what I can gather the caps have been freezing then melting then freezing etc etc on loop, the issue is that we've dramatically sped things up this time around.

Laugh Fan
Community Member
3 years ago

Exactly!

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Annie Tronetti
Community Member
3 years ago

Climate change is SCIENCE, not the Tooth Fairy. Regardless of what you believe, it is happening. If 9 out of ten oncologists tell your child needs chemo, do you go with the one that doesn't?

Laugh Fan
Community Member
3 years ago

NASA most recently state that ice losses from Antarctica have tripled since 2012. This link is to an article from June 2018. https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/ramp-up-in-antarctic-ice-loss-speeds-sea-level-rise. Oh, I'm not American so my voting only effects the drivel in charge of the UK.

anarkzie
Community Member
3 years ago

I feel with the climate change debate that it's happening at two tiers at one level you have the scientific community in which it seems to be more about the extent of our contribution to the problem, and then you have the more mainstream debate between protestors and conspiracy theory types the latter of which seems to argue that the climate has remained consist until the industrial age and conspiracy theory types that just flat out deny that we are having any kind of impact at all.

BlackestDawn
Community Member
3 years ago

I see it more as a question of how much is man made and how much is natural due to the evidence of such natural changes. Currently I would say most is man made.

Master Markus
Community Member
3 years ago

Often that's not what the really vocal people are questioning though. Your query is reasonable, but they're like "It sometimes snows in hot places so there can't be global warming!", apparently not understanding that it's not just the world as a whole getting consistently hot - with air pressure and various weather patterns that's just not how it works.

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Caroline Driver
Community Member
3 years ago

The argument I get from deniers or unsures is, 'but what about the ice age? What about the climate changes in the past?' And also the classic 'but records don't go back that far'. They are ignorant of the records in the ice and the rocks, and they don't seem to get that it's the speed of the change that is man made, that we won't be able to recover from. The planet however, will recover eventually, and be just fine without us.

Patricia Ross
Community Member
3 years ago

This is ridiculous. Why on earth would I believe anyting scientists are saying about climate change when politicians are clearly the experts.

Mimis Nachbarin
Community Member
3 years ago

Why isn't that on top of the list?!! It is the most important point here.

tuzdayschild
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2 years ago (edited)

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Alyssa V
Community Member
3 years ago

I wish people would listen...

Clarence Moore
Community Member
3 years ago

So the changing climate prior to the industrial revolution never happened??? The question is not if there is climate change, it is how much is manmade!!

Echo
Community Member
3 years ago

Wait I am confused. Are they saying that not all Environmental Scientists believe this? Or that they all do?

Rob Cornwall
Community Member
3 years ago

If people still believe we live on a 'flat earth' (The Flat Earth Society - https://www.tfes.org) and can have a religion called the 'Flying Spaghetti Monster' (https://www.venganza.org/about).... then arguing that climate change is fake seems obvious to such tiny-minded people. Even after a week of record-setting heat across the globe (https://globalnews.ca/news/4311444/heat-wave-weather-across-the-world/)

Weezie Ray
Community Member
3 years ago

Nobody believes there is a Flying Spaghetti Monster, buddy. That's the whole freaking point. (Flat-earthers DO believe the Earth is flat, unfortunately.)

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Robert Carter
Community Member
3 years ago

There are Scientists on both sides of the argument.

Dana Kessler
Community Member
3 years ago

3% who think we are only partially to blame..yeah, both sides

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Ivan Zvara
Community Member
3 years ago

Not true from geoscience point of view.

r3dd3v1lL
Community Member
3 years ago

Real- definetely. Manmade- seriously doubtful and up for dispute. Was the last ice age also manmade? From wikipedia: "From 1950 to 2009, the American government's surface temperature record shows an increase by 1 °F (0.56 °C)," Half a degree increase for half a century. And people think it's manmade? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjlC02NsIt0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB0aFPXr4n4 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_change_in_the_United_States

Erik Fabian Bullon Haro
Community Member
3 years ago

you are an idiot

Tor Rolf Strøm
Community Member
3 years ago

Well, I don't doubt that we are f***ing the planet big time, but this is just not true. The whole 97% thing is a myth. I still haven't seen any real proof. It's all either anecdotal, or "if you don't see that it's true then you are just stupid". There is some proof that temperatures are rising, but not that we are the cause. to be clear, I'm not saying it's not true, but there is no really good proof yet. Anyway, the fact that we are destroying the planet in a thousand ways is still far worse, and whether the planet is heating up or not is not that important. We need to change our ways. Starting with eating less meat. (haha, I know you don't like that last part there, huh!)

Meowton Mewsk
Community Member
3 years ago

This guy is saying that the belief that “climate change is certainly real and any doubt is manufactured by special interest groups” is a MISCONCEPTION. Meaning he’s saying that findings are still disputable and that there is doubt from legitimate sources.

Hugo Raible
Community Member
3 years ago

Good point. Nothing should be indisputable in science, even when we are 95% sure about it.

Ojberretta Berretta
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3 years ago

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it was once science that said man cant survive in space it was other scientists who proved them wrong just wait and be green without bein political conservtive ppl and republicans are more likely to be living actually green they are the ones who live in the rural area having guns hunt and se and live with nature together the majority of liberals live in big cities and live far from nature or should io say liberals are like leonardo id caprio makin a movie about climate change while flyin throug the whole world very smart very very smart come at me liberals brainwashed yucks yall nothing but sheeps

Ojberretta Berretta
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3 years ago

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so if it is manmade and the change is real then why did the un comission falsify their reports and have been proven to lie and bein corrupt??hm oh i dont know mabe cuz theres money to be made with or maybe its cuz other enviromental scientist have proven that they lie i wonder what her stance is on this one

Christina Sersif
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3 years ago

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I can't agree with it being man made because it will happen even if no humans are on the planet, but humans do serve as a catalyst and speed it up or worsen it.

Nosfentor
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3 years ago

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...or possibly preserve it.

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Marriage, Family, And Sex Therapist

Marriage, Family, And Sex Therapist

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Lola
Community Member
3 years ago

I certainly wouldn’t ask you for marriage advice if you were married 5 times though. Just as I wouldn’t go to a dentist who doesn’t have any teeth.

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#8

Assistant

Assistant

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Abbey Impson
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3 years ago

HOLY CRAP YES!

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#9

It Consultant

It Consultant

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BlackestDawn
Community Member
3 years ago

As my families IT-technician (because I do work in IT) I can relate to this so much.

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#10

Editor

Editor

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Mimis Nachbarin
Community Member
3 years ago

As a writer I got always a similar question: "Is your editor correcting typos and grammar?" Ehm, no, that is the job of the corrector. The editors job is.. see above

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Forester

Forester

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stellermatt
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3 years ago

is she the branch manager?

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#12

Dietitian

Dietitian

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Christina Sersif
Community Member
3 years ago

This 100000x. Yes cut your carbs, get skinny fast, but as soon as you start back eating them...

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#13

Massage Therapist

Massage Therapist

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Cat on a bike
Community Member
3 years ago

Massagists have unfortunately a bad reputation from all the frauds in this area :(

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#14

Artist

Artist

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sunnyrei82
Community Member
3 years ago

I could say the same thing about Graphic Designers. People want amazing logos, corporate image, websites, campaigns and all.... but they don't want to pay for it, because.. "their niece could do better in powerpoint".

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#15

Baker

Baker

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Rue Granger
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow, people are so thoughtless these days 🙄 🤦‍♀️

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#16

Clinical Social Worker

Clinical Social Worker

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Kimberly
Community Member
3 years ago

Yes yes yes!!! I was going to add this if it wasn't here!! I'm a medical social worker. I work in a hospital and some patients have a terrified look when I say I'm a social worker. I work for a hospital not child protective services. It blows my mind that the general public has no idea how many different kinds of social workers there actually are.

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#17

High School Teacher

High School Teacher

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Mimis Nachbarin
Community Member
3 years ago

That is true (go, Jay, go!) - but is it eye-opening? I thought that was common knowledge.

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#18

Bartender

Bartender

Stunnels Report

Bear Trapp
Community Member
3 years ago

No, but some people don't like the alcohol they do get to be so diluted.

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#19

Cell Biologist

Cell Biologist

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Fruzsina Sinka
Community Member
3 years ago

haha, nice. I can't believe, this doubt is a real thing in the US

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#20

Archaeologist

Archaeologist

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stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

well not with that attitude you won't!

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#21

Lawyer

Lawyer

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stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

but you all wear curly wigs right? RIGHT?!

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#22

Interpreter

Interpreter

language_news Report

Random Panda
Community Member
3 years ago

One things that annoys me so much is when people translate idioms from one language by just directly translating the words. That's not how it works. You need to find the closest meaning of the idiom itself, not the words it contains.

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#23

Intern

Intern

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Jana Renner
Community Member
3 years ago

I am tutoring an intern right now and make sure SHE benefits from this work experience. Coworkers who tried to give her their work to do would soon learn that they have to go through me...so this was nipped in the bud.

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#24

Director Of Marketing

Director Of Marketing

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Holl Balls
Community Member
3 years ago

Most know this by now but wish we didn’t.

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#25

Historian

Historian

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BobbyK
Community Member
3 years ago

Just ask the Republican Party and Trump.

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#26

Neuroscientist

Neuroscientist

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Holl Balls
Community Member
3 years ago

Stidies

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#27

Pharmacist

Pharmacist

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
3 years ago

Sorry Debbie, you kind of do. I was in pharma sales and guess what? unless you are not in a drug store or a grocery store, you are mostly paid to double check what under paid pharmacy techs do for you. And guess what? You get paid 6 figures and the Pharmacy Tech gets barely minimum wage. Yet they do the yeoman's work. Sorry. I know I'll get down voted, but you aren't mixing in a compounding pharmacy or working in a hospital, you are a pill counter and a consultant at the checkout window. And telling people on which aisle the cough syrup is at.

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#28

Psychologist

Psychologist

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Mimis Nachbarin
Community Member
3 years ago

I am sorry, but I love that. Did actually really someone ask you if you can read his mind? That's hilarious.

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#29

Creative

Creative

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Laugh Fan
Community Member
3 years ago

Working on the client side I found I was frequently presented with ideas I'd seen several times before.

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#30

Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Technician

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Xina Imad
Community Member
3 years ago

The problem is the health care system for humans and non humans alike in the USA. I have lived in first world and third world countries. And only in the US are the costs the way they are. Countries with both free public (100% free) and non free private care, the latter is still 90% less than if you do have insurance in the US. For pet care, procedures and minimal routine care is not supposed to break the bank. And don't get me started on dental care. All you need to do is talk to others who have lived in countries that actually provide a standard of health care that is decent. Only in "America" there are horror stories of how unaffordable getting sick is.

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#31

Musician

Musician

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Lizard Queen
Community Member
3 years ago

Howard Goodall wrote the theme songs for Red Dwarf and every Blackadder series.

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#32

Composer

Composer

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Lars Lasersson
Community Member
3 years ago

Tell me about it... All the majors I know are actually somewhat grumpy or overly serious people, and a lot of the minors around where I live seem quite jolly...

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#33

Animator

Animator

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Kathy Baylis
Community Member
3 years ago

Neil, are you an expert animator? Obviously not, as Animation is Art, and to do it well takes time. BitCoin is make believe computer money, only supported by popular demand, which will disappear when the "next big thing" comes along. Quit being an ass.

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#34

Chemist

Chemist

DrLCsquare Report

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
3 years ago

Some are discovered and reinvented through stepwise processes in the lab.

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#35

Teacher

Teacher

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Luna Firemoon
Community Member
3 years ago

My moms a teacher/professor and an adjunct (I think that’s the word) and i can tell it’s really hard

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#36

Arborist

Arborist

MattU_Plym Report

Patricia Ross
Community Member
3 years ago

Don't you tell me Dave still has that rickety ladder. I've told him 100 times to get rid of that thing.

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#37

Radiographer

Radiographer

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Helle T
Community Member
3 years ago

And for that same reason: No, I don't need a picture from the opposite side.

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#38

Linguist

Linguist

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Neill Powell
Community Member
3 years ago

Let's also agree, that by definition, English is the most "tainted" language in the Solar system. It is the most-spoken second-langauge by a huuuuuge margin. Germanic-languages aside, English is poorly understood, both grammatically and particularly, in tone by almost every other language. Slang lives outside the grammar and diction, and cannot be used to compare "right or wrong use" of English. The purpose of grammar, diction, and tone, (in any language) it to make sure the thoughts and feelings expressed in your mind, are verbally communicated as close as possible in your words. Less ambiguity, and a closer understanding of what the mind and heart are attempting to express.

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#39

Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer

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XoKMxO
Community Member
3 years ago

aaaand its not easy to be creative all day everyday. Also we don't get paid enough :)

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#40

Civil Engineer

Civil Engineer

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N G
Community Member
3 years ago

Unless you are pointing at a bag of cement

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#41

Math Teacher

Math Teacher

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Mimis Nachbarin
Community Member
3 years ago

Isn't that the same for all kind of teachers?

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#42

Actor

Actor

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Jose Baeyens
Community Member
3 years ago

But then again : no tv series are... especially not "reality" shows

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#43

Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapist

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Holl Balls
Community Member
3 years ago

Never knew what it was compared to a PT. Cool!

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#44

Pediatrician

Pediatrician

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Mimis Nachbarin
Community Member
3 years ago

Only idiots could think such nonsense. Everybody who ever had a serious injured or ill kid (or once was one) knows otherwise.

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#45

Local News Reporter

Local News Reporter

DPMCanty Report

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
3 years ago

First off, Balls, you don't know for certain that they work for a local paper---they might be local TV newscasters. Second, I didn't see any grammatical felonies in the statement. Quit being a grammar narc.

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#46

Transportation Engineer

Transportation Engineer

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Holl Balls
Community Member
3 years ago

How so? I want to know!!!

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#47

Barista

Barista

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DE Ray
Community Member
3 years ago

I want my coffee to be tea. *sigh*

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#48

Novelist

Novelist

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N G
Community Member
3 years ago

@Katharine - have you read my grocery list

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#49

Speech Pathologist

Speech Pathologist

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Holl Balls
Community Member
3 years ago

But how :> tell me moar

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#50

Nonprofit Worker

Nonprofit Worker

UndervaluedNPW Report

Holl Balls
Community Member
3 years ago

Sister in law worked for a nonprofit making near nothing for the area, while the Vice President pockets massive amounts and CEO lays low and acts like “oh, I only pay myself 40k a year” but we all know that’s not their only means of money (lives in huge house to say the least).

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#51

Urban Planner

Urban Planner

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Ben Smith
Community Member
3 years ago

Maybe if bike riders would actually pay attention to the rules of the road....

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#52

Copywriter

Copywriter

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Clowton
Community Member
3 years ago

It does once it's written 🤓

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#53

Ux Designer

Ux Designer

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Emma B
Community Member
3 years ago

"Making it pretty" ain't gonna matter if it doesn't work

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#54

French-English Translator

French-English Translator

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Holl Balls
Community Member
3 years ago

It’s a interpreter?

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#55

Model

Model

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Bear Trapp
Community Member
3 years ago

Everyone is a "model" these days.

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#56

General Practitioner

General Practitioner

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Peta Hurley-Hill
Community Member
3 years ago

...In America...

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#57

Waitress

Waitress

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Mimis Nachbarin
Community Member
3 years ago

Tipping is not optional - in the US! In other countries it is. The system is very unfair in the US.

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