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Thank you for reading this.

I am organizing a fine arts and crafts event. I am calling it "Hand Job." I am fully aware of the slang version of this phrase, which is sexual, but I actually embrace the double take effect of this phrase. I actually like that it makes you double take which meaning of the phrase you have jumped to and this is why I did not want to call the event, "Handmade." I think it is the success of the original meaning of the phrase "hand job" that made it a good candidate for a sexual metaphor, just like other Innocent or sexual phrases, like "backdoor," or "daddy."

I actually grew up knowing the phrase 'hand job' to mean, "a task that is too unique, delicate, or complicated to be made by a machine, and thus must be made by hand." Even as a professional graphic designer, when I ask for a complicated print job, it is referred to as a hand job. This precise definition of the phrase is the embodiment of the goods I want to sell at this arts and crafts event.

Of coarse, as I got a little older, I learned the slang version of the name.

(In fact, when I told the name of the event to my father, he saw nothing wrong with it and I had to explain why people might be offended. I also had to give this warning to an ESL speaker too; I did not want people to yell at her off guard, as they have been yelling and shaming me.)

In an effort to promote this event, I have encountered much opposition. The manager at Freebirds threw away my flyers. The radio would not say my event name on the air. I don't know what it is so difficult to get people to connect with the original meaning of the phrase. (For that matter, Freebirds really shouldn't be selling 'beyond meat,' as 'meat' can also be interpreted as sexual too.)

In an effort to try to prove the original meaning of my phrase by showing the dictionary version of the phrase, but that ONLY references the sexual/slang meaning. I contacted several dictionary publishers to try to get them to update their meanings to include the original meaning too, but I got different responses: Too self-explanatory, or not common enough to be included in the dictionary.

This website actually was the only useful reference to the meaning of hand job that I wanted, as it offered some links which I will re-list:

Did they say "hand job" in the 1800s?

1 - Government Document - https://books.google.com/books?id=kqcH0Z8-XKMC&q=%22hand+job%22&dq=%22hand+job%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=FQxcVcnJHcWLsAWaj4PwAw&ved=0CEAQ6AEwCDge#v=snippet&q=%22hand%20job%22&f=false

2 - Commercial Book – Competitive employment: New horizons for severely disabled individuals – Paul Wehman (Author) https://books.google.com/books?id=_qImAAAAMAAJ&q=%22hand+job%22&dq=%22hand+job%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=WRRcVfKhIMOayAS9j4CIDg&ved=0CDcQ6AEwBjg8

3 - Newspaper (added by me) https://www.sacurrent.com/sanantonio/hand-job-puppets-need-love-too/Content?oid=2284544

4 - Railroad Book

https://books.google.com/books?id=_qImAAAAMAAJ&q=%22hand+job%22&dq=%22hand+job%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=WRRcVfKhIMOayAS9j4CIDg&ved=0CDcQ6AEwBjg8

5 - Textile World

https://books.google.com/books?id=soNAAQAAMAAJ&pg=RA4-PA142&dq=%22hand%20job%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=L4JbVcTYNNW1sQSI94DACg&ved=0CCgQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=%22hand%20job%22&f=false

6 - Shniedewend & Lee Co's Specimen Book and Price List of Type: Manufactured by ...

https://books.google.com/books?id=5XpQAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA526&dq=%22hand%20job%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=tIFbVePRO-fZsATZsYCICQ&ved=0CDUQ6AEwBDgo#v=onepage&q=%22hand%20job%22&f=false

7 - Annual Report of the State Board of Arbitration of Illinois, Volumes 1-5

https://books.google.com/books?id=EkhKAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA263&dq=%22hand%20job%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=L4JbVcTYNNW1sQSI94DACg&ved=0CB0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22hand%20job%22&f=false

So my ultimate question is if anyone had links to "hand job" out there in a published form, for current usage. I can't submit that I use the phrase "hand job" as a professional graphic designer or artist to the dictionary publishers; anything that comes from Ellice, does not count to them as evidence. I feel like I am in a bizarro world, having to prove the innocence of the phrase. People don't question other phrases that can also be sexualized, like, "Sanchez, Johnson, finger, princess, cougar, ..." (I doubt anyone censored these words from the radio.)

I feel like if I can't re-list this phrase in it's original context, it would be a loss to to world when it comes to using precise words to say what we mean. What other words will we lose if a few people think with their sexual organs? Will "thirst," "grind," and "drain" also be considered not safe for radio next?

I would be very grateful for any sources/links of this phrase. Thank you.

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    You could probably remove the bits that sound like a rant at radio censorship and maintain the meaning of the question. – marcellothearcane Nov 11 at 20:42
  • Hello, ellice909. When you refer to links"in a published form, for current usage," what time frame do you have in mind that would qualify as "current"? I would be quite surprised if there are no instances of "hand job" in its traditional sense being used in the past forty years or so, but it wouldn't do anyone any good to locate instances from, say, 1970, if that doesn't fit your definition of "current." – Sven Yargs Nov 11 at 21:41
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    You said that you embrace the double meaning of the term, by which it seems you are intentionally using the sexual meaning in your event title. Evidence that it has a non-sexual meaning isn't likely to be convincing: the meaning they are concerned with is the sexual one. – Bryan Krause Nov 11 at 23:22
  • I did submit the samples from the 1970s to the dictionary, but those were not considered current enough to them. I would image something from this decade would work. – ellice909 Nov 19 at 3:28

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