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Dictionaries Can't Flip Burgers

By Louis on Mar 21, 2007 2:08PM


Obviously, when anyone thinks of working at McDonald's they think of the excitement of working long hours, flipping thousands of burgers, dealing with irate customers, and other perks. If it was really that bad wouldn’t they just unionize.

That is why it is so puzzling to us when we discovered that the Oxford English Dictionary has an entry for McJobs. For those without a dictionary handy, a McJob is "An unstimulating, low-paid job with few prospects, esp. one created by the expansion of the service sector."

While we don't exactly go around throwing around the word McJob that much (it was popularized in 1986), McDonald's is attempting to have the word taken out of the dictionary. A Spokesperson for the company claims, ''It's a complete disservice and incredibly demeaning to a terrific work force and a company that's been a jobs and opportunity machine for 50 years.'' Sounds like someone has the McJob of trying to get this word out of the dictionary.

Go ahead, now you try to use it in a sentence.

Obviously this is incorrect, everyone remembers last years ad campaign of girls playing soccer, and when the game was over one of the girls picked up her McDonald's uniform and went to work. McDonald’s has already convinced us that a BigMac is part of a healthy diet, surely they are up to the task of taking one little word out of the dictionary. Maybe subliminal advertising would work.

Other words that McDonald’s should be trying to get out of the dictionary. Cholesterol, Fat, and Obesity.

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