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    Some derogatory terms wanted

    Hi,

    Are there any commonly used derogatory, colloquial expressions (in Am. English) names for the following things:

    1) A programmer/developer that is not very good at his job, lazy and stereotypical.
    2) A school teacher
    3) A low-level office worker that sticks to his computer all day, does a lot of routine job and can be easily replaced by others.

    Thank you in advance,
    Val.

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    #2

    Re: Some derogatory terms wanted

    In BrE, no.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Some derogatory terms wanted

    'Hack' might be used for 1 and 3. A hack is a person who slaves away at a lowly job, often in the office area.
    3. a. One who undertakes unpleasant or distasteful tasks for money or reward; a hireling.
    b. A writer hired to produce routine or commercial writing.
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/hack

    I can't think of any for 2.

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    #4

    Re: Some derogatory terms wanted

    Number 3 is sometimes derisively referred to as a "desk monkey" in AmE.

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    #5

    Re: Some derogatory terms wanted

    NOT A TEACHER
    Number 2, "pedagogue" means teacher, especially a dull, formal, or pedantic one. However, it's a formal word, and I don't suppose it really is a derogatory term. Am I wrong?
    Please notify me of any mistakes in my posts. It is much appreciated.

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    #6

    Re: Some derogatory terms wanted

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    1. A teacher. "Those who can, do; those who can't, teach."

    2. A low-level office worker. "A paper pusher."

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    Re: Some derogatory terms wanted

    Quote Originally Posted by khanhhung2512 View Post
    NOT A TEACHER
    Number 2, "pedagogue" means teacher, especially a dull, formal, or pedantic one. However, it's a formal word, and I don't suppose it really is a derogatory term. Am I wrong?
    This word isn't used much. It can mean a strict teacher, but it isn't derogatory IMO.

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    #8

    Re: Some derogatory terms wanted

    I agree that there is nothing derogatory about "pedagogue" but I have an inherent problem saying something derogatory about teachers in general.

    "Drone" is another word for #3.
    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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    #9

    Re: Some derogatory terms wanted

    Martinet is a derogatory term for a strict disciplinarian teacher.

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