I was on the roof of the shed working a bit back and got to thinking of the adjective – just. It seemed like a useful word and full of meaning when applied to one’s job:
I am “just” a nurse.
That has the connotation that there is something else or better than the noun stated. I played with a couple other names and decided it had the same effect – that of lessening the stature of the job to which the word was related. While on this mindset,and considering banning its usage, I found a usefulness for the term.
The patient asks, “do you think I have rhabdomyolysis?”
My reply: “I’m sorry, I’m just a nurse. You need to ask your doctor that one.”
I guess I’ll keep the term.