When people lose their jobs they may
be dismissed, sacked, fired or kicked out; they may be out on their ear or on
their neck; they may be shown the door; or they may be given their cards, their
marching orders, the push, the elbow, the old heave-ho or the order of the
Some professions, however, have their
own individual terminology for this situation: a clergyman may be defrocked, a
lawyer disbarred, an army officer cashiered.
Why should not people in other walks
of life also have their own terms for dismissal? Thus:
office-worker could be defiled.
A salesman could be disordered.
A writer could be described.
A journalist could be depressed.
A botanist could be deflowered.
A wine merchant could be deported.
A traffic warden could be defined.
A cashier could be distilled.
A poet could be diversified.
A celebrity could be defamed.
A cricketer could be detested.
A climber could be dismounted.
A jailer could be excelled.
A policeman could be unwarranted.
A judge could be dishonored.
A bishop could be disgraced.
A model could be deposed.
A neurologist could be unnerved.
An engine-driver could be distrained.
A gambler could be discarded.
A conjuror could be disillusioned.
A prostitute could be delayed.
A Moonie could be dissected.
A Chinese waiter could be disoriented.
A solicitor could be distorted.
A rabble-rouser could be demobbed.
A mathematician could be nonplussed.
A diplomat could be disconsolate.
are some more proposed by Rog (thanks, Rog) :
investment banker could be distrusted.
A lawyer could be displeased.
A steel worker could be distempered.
An immunologist could be disinfected.
A tax collector could be distributed.
A chef could be distasteful.
A convict could be discriminated.
A barker could be disclaimed.
A fisherman could be despondent.
A cowboy could be deranged.
A skirtmaker could be depleted.
A bully could be demeaned.
in some professions a choice of exits would be available:
statistician could be discounted or disfigured.
A butcher could be disjointed or delivered.
An actor could be displayed or departed.
A horseman could be derided or unbridled.
A sorcerer could be dispelled or disenchanted.
A tennis player could be unloved or defaulted.
A banker could be discredited or disinterested.
A hairdresser could be distressed or unlocked.
A politician could be devoted, denominated or disappointed.
An electrician could be delighted or discharged or unearthed.
A musician could be denoted, disbarred, disbanded, decomposed, or disconcerted