Posted by ESC on November 12, 2003
In Reply to: Re: How about McMansion? posted by Lotg on November 12, 2003
: : : Dictionary Editors to Keep 'McJob'
: : : November 11, 2003.
: : : By TRUDY TYNAN, Associated Press Writer
: : : SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - McDonald's may not be "lovin' it," but the editors of the Merriam-Webster dictionary say "McJob" is a word that's here to stay.
: : : The 11th edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, published in June, defines a "McJob" as "a low-paying job that requires little skill and provides little opportunity for advancement."
: : : The fast-food giant's chief executive, Jim Cantalupo, called the definition a "slap in the face" to the 12 million people who work in the restaurant industry, and demanded that Merriam-Webster dish up something more flattering. . .
: : That's a colourful term. Anyone know the origin? I have also heard USA Today referred to as "McNews".
: Oh this is all too scary. I recommend a book called 'Jennifer Government', it's about this very kind of evolution. It's a bit of a spoof, but in many ways, maybe not such a joke.
Here's something ironic. (I think.) I tried looking it up on Merriam-Webster online and couldn't find "McJob."
I don't know when McMansion was first used. It's along the same lines as "starter castle."