being unemployed

werevvolf

New Member
Korean
Hi all.

I want to say "i'm jobless" indirectly, like a euphemism
A British guy told me an idiom using the name of legal documents,
but i don't really remember now. it was P or U with some numbers.

do you guys think that idiom is a slang?
thanks
 
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    When you lose your job you get a P45. The form you have to fill out for unemployment benefit is (or was?) a UB40. Every adult in Britain would understand if you mentioned a P45, but I don't know of a specific idiom.
     
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    ms.creant

    Member
    english (canadian)
    In Canada, people talk about being "on pogie" (google the word for several possible origins), U.I. (meaning unemployment insurance) or E.I. (the government revision of Unemployment Insurance to "Employment Insurance"). These terms all refer to collecting socialized benefits, rather than to being unemployed per se.

    I can't think of a euphemism for being unemployed in general.
     

    Elwintee

    Senior Member
    England English
    In Canada, people talk about being "on pogie" (google the word for several possible origins), U.I. (meaning unemployment insurance) or E.I. (the government revision of Unemployment Insurance to "Employment Insurance"). These terms all refer to collecting socialized benefits, rather than to being unemployed per se.

    I can't think of a euphemism for being unemployed in general.
    It's over-specific to a small part of the population, but unemployed actors are always 'resting'.
     
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