Weird and wacky jobs

To get you in the mood for my A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal coming up on Monday (March 20), here is a little something I swiped from my Facebook feed:

Of all the unusual jobs in the world, I can’t say I’ve ever met anyone yet who’d admit to being a “fatuous pauper,” nor a “fish-bender” – though what kind of fish needs bending, really?

I’m also quite certain that “midget” is now considered an ableist slur. Come come, my good man, the correct terminology is “little person,” or “LP.” Update your lexicon, you heathen!

I’ll cut this beef twister a break, though, since these all so-called jobs hail from the late 1800s, and the world has changed just a titch since then. Indeed, the world has even changed since my first odd job title: Wet Playground Attendant. I typically have to inform people that “wet” was meant to modify “playground,” not “attendant.”

WET PLAYGROUND: Parky’s Pirate Cove at Miami Whitewater in Cincinnati, Ohio

Some of my other odd job titles over the years have included:

  • A$$#*!& (aka Telephone Pollster, typically confused with the unrelated job of Telemarketer)
  • Angle Bracketeer (aka Web Intern)
  • Book Jockey (aka College Library Clerk)
  • Botanical Garden Brat (aka Unappreciated Intern)
  • Guarded Gatekeeper (aka Resentful Receptionist)
  • Online Grader (aka Teaching Assistant, or TA)
  • Phantastic Photocopiest (aka Terrific Temp)

What kinds of odd or unusual jobs – or job titles – have you held?