Do you ever lie when people ask you what you do for a living?

Do you ever lie when people ask you what you do for a living?

Sometimes there are questions that make you stop and think, ‘Wow, does that apply to me?‘ As soon as this thread started at the ELT World forum (thank you 31), I knew that it would result in some fairly emotive banter.

Personally, I never feel the need to lie, although I am surprised by the perception of the job among certain sections of society. Am I still naive after all these years?

I remember one conversation with a ‘real’ teacher back in england that went along the lines of…

Real teacher: ‘What do you do for a living?’
Me: ‘I’m a teacher?’
RT: ‘What do you teach?’
Me: ‘TEFL.’
RT: ‘Oh, I’m a real teacher.’
Me: ‘How much do you earn?’
RT: ‘A lot less than you.’
Me: ‘When did you last get research published?’
RT: ‘I have never had anything published.’
Me: ‘When did you last attend a conference?’
RT: ‘I have never been to a conference.’
Me: When did you last contribute to a course book or course material?’
RT: ‘I have never…’

You get my drift.

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