Taboo?

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A Manhattan court typist, it’s been found, spent 30 trials typing the words “I hate my job” over and over again.

Many feel it’s a disgrace that someone so unhinged by boredom could have jeopardized the process of justice, but it’s also quite funny.

It’s especially funny for for people who, like the typist, hate their unfulfilling, deskilled jobs.

In the Guardian today, Dawn Foster asks why it’s so taboo for people to admit to feeling this way:

For some bizarre reason, it’s still taboo to admit that most jobs are unspeakably dull. On application forms, it’s anathema to write: “Reason for leaving last job: hated it”, and “Reason for applying for this post: I like money.” The fact that so many people gleefully shared this story shows that many of us, deep down, harbour a suspicion that our jobs aren’t necessarily what we want to be doing for the rest of our lives.

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Robert Wringham is a humorist and the editor-in-chief of New Escapologist.

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