1. Maya
    September 15, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

    Working in market research we had an interesting moment trying to classify someone in a telephone interview, with a strong antipodean accent, who may have poured coffee for a living or have been a very senior legal practitioner. A number of probing follow-up questions were required…

  2. Alan
    September 15, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

    Would I be right to conclude they were a coffee ‘technician’ Maya?

  3. Phil Ballard
    September 15, 2013 @ 8:54 pm

    Hahaha! How right you are.

  4. Alan
    September 15, 2013 @ 11:13 pm

    Maya’s comment reminded me of a story. At one time I had a small PR company (prior to that was Accountant Manager with an agency). I’d been in the business for a while when a girl we used to know returned back from a summer in Ibiza (or somewhere like it I can’t honestly remember). During a conversation she proudly informed me that she was also now a ‘PR’. It took quite a while, if it ever sunk in, to explain the slight difference between flashing a bit of tit in order to get a few drunken punters to empty their pockets into the till of a second rate tourist bar and professional business communications and media relations for international technology companies..

  5. liz young
    November 3, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    The nearest I got in my working life to this argument was a disagreement with an outside ageny brought in by the firm to “evaluate” the staff. I had been a “Lettings Officer” for ten years and they wanted to downgrade me to “Lettings Clerk”. Flipping nerve! The argument actually reached tribunal stage – and I won!