government health warning

Allegro molto

Senior Member

government health warning noun [C] 1 a message that must appear on advertisements for cigarettes and packets of cigarettes in Britain, that warns people that it is dangerous to smoke
2 Br E humorous a warning that doing something could cause problems:
This job should carry a government health warning.
(from Macmillan English Dictionary)

In what way is the phrase 'government health warning' in 2 humorous?

Thank you
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    Saying that this job should carry a government health warning is a funny, sarcastic way to say that the job is unpleasant. Jobs don't generally "carry government health warnings", Allegro. Dangerous products like drugs and tobacco often do.
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