Where did the phrase, ” Don’t call me Sir, I work for a living.” originate from?

I’ve heard this saying before and never put too much thought into until someone just asked me.

9 answers by real people - Where did the phrase, ” Don’t call me Sir, I work for a living.” originate from?

  • 1 month ago

    This actually came from the first Army in history when the first time in history a Private called a Sergeant Sir.


    US Army


    And don’t call me Sir.

  • Shock and Awe
    1 month ago

    Because we NCOs normally do the “heavy lifting” in the military and officers traditionally didn’t. It is a humorous saying and is a jab at staff officers and higher-ups. You can get called “Sir” anywhere, even in the drive-through at McDonalds, but you will only get called “Sergeant” due to being an NCO.


    There are NCOs who don’t work hardly for shyt either from what I’ve seen at certain levels lol.

  • Rontwo
    1 month ago


    Faster than a speeding bullet.

    More powerful than a locomotive.

    Leaps tall buildings in a single bound.

    Walks on water.

    Lunches with God, but must pick up the tab.


    Almost as fast as a speeding bullet.

    More powerful than a shunting engine on a steep incline.

    Leaps short buildings with a single bound.

    Walks on water if sea is calm.

    Talks to God.


    Faster than an energetically thrown rock.

    Almost as powerful as a speeding bullet.

    Leaps short buildings with a running start in favourable winds.

    Walks on water of indoor swimming pools if lifeguard is present.

    May be granted audience with God if special request is approved at least three working days in advance.


    Can fire a speeding bullet with tolerable accuracy.

    Loses tug of war against anything mechanical.

    Makes impressively high marks when trying to leap tall buildings.

    Swims well.

    Is occasionally addressed by God, in passing.


    Can sometimes handle firearm without shooting self.

    Is run over by trains.

    Barely clears outhouse.

    Dog paddles.

    Mumbles to self.


    Is dangerous to self and comrades if armed and unsupervised.

    Recognizes trains two out of three times.

    Runs into tall buildings.

    Can stay afloat if properly instructed on use of life jacket and water wings.

    Talks to walls.

    Sergeant Major is god.

  • red1
    7 days ago

    Don’t ever call me SIR… I work for a living.

  • froghead
    1 month ago

    It is something a SNCO or NCO would say if they were called sir (outside of a recruit in boot camp calling them it) Staff non-commisioned officers and Non Commisioned officers are refered to by their rank not sir

    It is a knock at the officers who are called sir, basically saying officers don’t do much and it is the SNCO’s and NCO’s who run the military.

    They are feigning offense at being lumped in with an officer

  • The Scorpion
    1 month ago

    Scared new recruits in the military (with the exception of the Marines because they do call their Drills sir) will reflexively call their Drill Sgt’s SIR in basic training, and they are trying to teach them NOT to call them sir, as that title is reserved for officers, so they use that phrase.

  • Anonymous
    5 days ago

    It means someone being a hypocrite, like the pot is calling the kettle black, but it is black too. Why it uses black as an insult I don’t know, but it sounds racist to me.

  • Killing-Machine!
    1 month ago

    it’s originate from the swine flu..

  • 1 month ago

    I made it up. Its true.

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