Oh, so you're a [insert profession here]! How [insert whacky generalization and misguided curiosity here]?
April 28, 2008 9:02 AM Subscribe
What is the first question people ask when you tell them what you do? Are there common misconceptions or generalizations that people make? How do you tactfully and/or humorously correct them?
posted by iamkimiam to human relations (156 answers total) 83 users marked this as a favorite
"So, you're a linguist eh? How many languages do you speak?"
I'm interested in good, helpful responses to the above example, as well as parallel constructions to other fields/hobbies/interests that are commonly misunderstood. Also, factual and scientific background information about why these generalizations occur and some good face-saving techniques (for everybody) would be useful.