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Poll results: What sould employers refer to their employees as?

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  • underlings

    3 15.00%
  • flunkies

    0 0%
  • stooges

    0 0%
  • gofers

    0 0%
  • smurfs

    2 10.00%
  • serfs

    0 0%
  • minions

    5 25.00%
  • "hey you.... Mr.... Brown Shoes"

    1 5.00%
  • why do you hate America?

    4 20.00%
  • charges

    0 0%
  • subjects

    0 0%
  • some absurdly respectful option

    5 25.00%
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Thread: Employees: what should you be referred to as?

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    Chairman of the bored Maister's avatar
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    Employees: what should you be referred to as?

    employees - which would you rather be referred to as by your boss: underling, flunkie, stooge, charge, subject, serf, or minion?


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    Split from RTDNTOTO6. No one saw that coming, huh?
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    employees - which would you rather be referred to as by your boss: underling, flunkie, stooge, charge, subject, serf, or minion?
    If those are my only options, then I'll take underling.

    I prefer to be known as employee extraordinaire.
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    employees - which would you rather be referred to as by your boss: underling, flunkie, stooge, charge, subject, serf, or minion?
    I like peon and smurf. But if I had to pick one of the above I would go with underling. It sounds more impish.
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    employees - which would you rather be referred to as by your boss: underling, flunkie, stooge, charge, subject, serf, or minion?
    Minion. For Sure.

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    Quote Originally posted by Hink_Planner View post
    I like peon and smurf. But if I had to pick one of the above I would go with underling. It sounds more impish.
    Smurf? I've never heard that one before...but I like it!

    "You can go to the Director's office and demand to see him immediately, if you like, but I'm telling you you're going to have to go through his smurfs first..."

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Smurf? I've never heard that one before...but I like it!

    "You can go to the Director's office and demand to see him immediately, if you like, but I'm telling you you're going to have to go through his smurfs first..."
    Exactly! I think you used it correctly in a sentence too. "You can try and get the director to approve the document, but you are going to have to get his smurfs to sign off on it first".
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    employees - which would you rather be referred to as by your boss: underling, flunkie, stooge, charge, subject, serf, or minion?
    You forgot "Hey, you!", "Boy", and "Why do you hate America?"
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    Definitely a minion. Then I can feel like I am part of a diabolical plot to take over the world!

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    Quote Originally posted by rcgplanner View post
    Definitely a minion. Then I can feel like I am part of a diabolical plot to take over the world!
    I agree. Ditto
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    I picked "underling", just so long as, when I am finally an employer rather than employee I can refer to myself as "overlord".

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    Quote Originally posted by TexanOkie View post
    I picked "underling", just so long as, when I am finally an employer rather than employee I can refer to myself as "overlord".
    Off-topic:
    Sounds to me like you just volunteered to start the next FAC thread!

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    I used to like minion but then my least favorite underlings used it (and he doesn't even have minions) and now the word is forever tainted. *sigh*

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    I refer to all ya'll as "The Unwashed Masses."
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    How about backroom grunt planner ?
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    Minion!

    Or our little group of most female planners likes to refer to our selves as those planning b*tches especially when we make the mostly male development community upset.
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    Ive been referred to as an asshat
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    peasants?

    proletariat? That seems to go with the 'damn commie planner' theme...

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    Quote Originally posted by Suburb Repairman View post
    peasants?

    proletariat? That seems to go with the 'damn commie planner' theme...
    Oooh reminds me I should have included 'drone' in the poll as well.

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Oooh reminds me I should have included 'drone' in the poll as well.
    Oh yes! Drone would have had my vote !

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    It wasn't on the list.....if it was, I would have pulled the lever for.....

    lackeys.

    'Cause they be lackeying mula, lackeying authority, lackeying respect, etc.

    Toads.

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    I don't see schlub either!
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    I didn't see "doucheface" on there, so I'll say "minion". It has an EVIL connotation.
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