By Nora Johnson • 18 August 2022 • 8:12
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Often a fancy title simply hides low wages, and a job’s importance is usually inversely proportional to the length of its title. A “Colour Distribution Technician” IS…a painter and decorator!
But shouldn’t we judge these people by what they DO at work, not by their convoluted, quasi-English titles? (“Regional Sub-Manager for Innovation-Based Strategies”, anyone?) Or legitimate job titles masking the incompetence of the superfluous individuals concerned whether they’re non-executive directors or assistant deputy CEOs? If someone does a good job, who cares if they’re styled “Czar for the Homeless” or “Pontiff of the PLC”?
As a crime writer, I try to keep my suspects’ occupations as realistic as possible. Who wants to read about a “Process Operative”? (Spy? Counterspy? MI5 Asset? No, this is actually a job at a chicken processing factory, packing products and moulding Chicken Kievs.)
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