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I believe Judge Smails said it best:

"Well, the world needs ditch diggers too!!!!"



David L. Fisher, SE, PE
Director
Head of Design and Construction

Cape Cod Grand Cayman Holdings Ltd.
75 Fort Street
Georgetown, Grand Cayman
British West Indies

-----Original Message-----
From: Caldwell, Stan [mailto:scaldwell(--nospam--at)halff.com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2003 12:25 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: McStructural?

Scott Maxwell wrote:

[snip]

"Someone has to stand behind the cash register at stores or restaurants.
Someone has to cook those fries at McDonald's."

Over the past week, several posts have bemoaned the supposedly sorry state
of employment for structural engineers, particularly with respect to
compensation and advancement.  Some seem to view their careers as being
little more than "McJobs" [see news article below].  If they are right, we
can all look forward to seeing "McStructural" in future versions of the
dictionary.  However, since I view this line of thinking as being entirely
bogus, I am more than willing to delegate all of the worrying to the
well-represented "Chicken Little" faction amongst us!

Stan R. Caldwell, P.E.
Dallas, Texas

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Wednesday, November 12, 2003, 7:55 a.m.

By TRUDY TYNAN
Associated Press Writer

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- 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.

But the dictionary publisher said Tuesday that it "stands by the accuracy
and appropriateness" of its definition.

"For more that 17 years 'McJob' has been used as we are defining it in a
broad range of publications," the company said, citing everything from The
New York Times and Rolling Stone to newspapers in South Africa and
Australia.  With more than 55 million copies sold since 1898,
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate claims to be the best-selling hardcover
dictionary on the market.

"Words qualify for inclusion in the dictionary because they are widely and
commonly used in a broad range of carefully edited sources," said Arthur
Bicknell, a spokesman for the Springfield-based publisher.

"McJob" is similarly defined in the American Heritage Dictionary, the Oxford
English Dictionary and Webster's Dictionary, published by Random House.

The OED definition, which cites a 1986 story in The Washington Post, is: "An
unstimulating, low-paid job with few prospects, esp. one created by the
expansion of the service sector."



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