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    What do we say for a job of low social class?

    Hi
    Could you kindly help me? In my mother tongue we call it "cheap job". I wonder if we can use it as well in English or not. Of course, I looked it up in my collocation dictionary and I didn't find either that or another proper term. A job like distributing leaflets, delivering food, etc. that some may consider they have no social prestigious.
    Thanks a million.
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    Re: What do we say for a job of low social class?

    'Unskilled work' is one possibility.

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    Re: What do we say for a job of low social class?

    McJob (my favorite)

    shit job (vulgarity warning!)

    unskilled work or unskilled labor.

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    Re: What do we say for a job of low social class?

    McJob (my favorite)

    Thanks. What does it mean please?
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    Re: What do we say for a job of low social class?

    NOT A TEACHER

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    McJob (my favorite)

    Thanks. What does it mean please?
    McJob - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I think that "menial job" may also fit your criteria.

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    Re: What do we say for a job of low social class?

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    McJob (my favorite)

    shit job (vulgarity warning!)

    unskilled work or unskilled labor.
    So can we use it as a noun and say "He has a McJob."?
    How about using it as an adjective? For example "He is a McJob sales assisstant."

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    Re: What do we say for a job of low social class?

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    So can we use it as a noun and say "He has a McJob."?
    It is a noun. Mcjob - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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    Re: What do we say for a job of low social class?

    "He has a McJob" is perfectly idiomatic and very common.

    "McJob" as an adjective is less common but still understandable. I'd avoid it, however, because slang must be idiomatic to work well; otherwise it sounds a bit ridiculous.

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    Re: What do we say for a job of low social class?

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    So can we use it as a noun and say "He has a McJob."?
    How about using it as an adjective? For example "He is a McJob sales assisstant."
    "He has a McJob." This is possible.
    "He is a McJob sales assistant." This doesn't work.

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    #10

    Re: What do we say for a job of low social class?

    I, too, agree that "menial" conveys the idea of social status that you seemed to want, along with the idea of it being low-skilled.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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