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April 24, 2008 5:20 PM   Subscribe

Mefites do it with snark.
posted by blue_beetle (74 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
Prostitutes do it for profit.

I don't get it.
posted by freebird at 5:24 PM on April 24, 2008


What IS this? Crying for a Wiki.
posted by lipsum at 5:25 PM on April 24, 2008


My conservative, churchgoing machinist father says it's "Machinists do it with precision tools."

Thanks a bunch, Dad.
posted by katillathehun at 5:32 PM on April 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


i do this quickly and dismissively.
posted by rooftop secrets at 5:37 PM on April 24, 2008


I've always thought I wanted a definitive list of these. I guess I was wrong.
posted by DU at 5:38 PM on April 24, 2008 [11 favorites]


Echoes do it with (Echoes do it with)
posted by ...possums at 5:42 PM on April 24, 2008


Yo mama does it with yo papa.
posted by jonmc at 5:43 PM on April 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


Bakers do it for the dough.
Bakers knead it daily.


When I was a baker I would occasionally try to come up with these, usually in the 3:00 to 6:00am time period, in order to keep from nodding off. My best was, "bakers do it for 20 to 25 minutes, or until done."
posted by spork at 5:46 PM on April 24, 2008 [4 favorites]


Actually, computer scientists do it with the minimum complexity required.
posted by patr1ck at 5:47 PM on April 24, 2008


My best was, "bakers do it for 20 to 25 minutes, or until done."

Bakers have to let it rise first.

(I was a baker, too)
posted by jonmc at 5:48 PM on April 24, 2008


Not only is this fantastic, it saved me an AskMe that was going to read "Give me other expressions like 'Chess players mate better.'" So, thanks. And btw, that one is way better than the chess players one in the link.
posted by sneakin at 5:49 PM on April 24, 2008


Dyslexic particle physicists do it with hadrons.

I was about to dismiss that list as cheesy until I came across this gem.
posted by TedW at 5:49 PM on April 24, 2008 [3 favorites]


Oh, and "nurses wait 'til the swelling goes down" is missing from the list.
posted by TedW at 5:51 PM on April 24, 2008


A bunch of them are patently unclever, I must say. "Singers do it with microphones" and "Skiers do it with poles" are really obvious and quite bad. The whole point of clever wordplay is out the window.
posted by sneakin at 5:53 PM on April 24, 2008


Wow, reading through this list, the best are the ones I don't even understand:

"Cellists give better hand jobs."

Umm, okay?
posted by patr1ck at 5:54 PM on April 24, 2008


Postmodernists copulate in a fashion that humorously juxtaposes their sexual prowess with their professional skills.
posted by Countess Elena at 5:55 PM on April 24, 2008 [32 favorites]


Postmodernists don't do it at all -- they just make ironic references to fictional accounts of other people doing it.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 6:07 PM on April 24, 2008


User interface designers click OK
posted by Rhaomi at 6:07 PM on April 24, 2008 [2 favorites]


Statisticians do it a posteriori!
posted by Mental Wimp at 6:09 PM on April 24, 2008 [8 favorites]


Tradesmen do it via the tradesman's entrance.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 6:13 PM on April 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


Web Developers do it with class and standards.

(going to suck a muffler now)
posted by basicchannel at 6:14 PM on April 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


Usability testers like to watch.
posted by anthill at 6:17 PM on April 24, 2008


Priests do it with young boys.

Wait, am I not playing the game right?
posted by empath at 6:18 PM on April 24, 2008 [6 favorites]


Postmodernists copulate in a fashion that humorously juxtaposes their sexual prowess with their professional skills.

Now THAT is how MeFites do it. Just perfect, Countess Elena.
posted by Rock Steady at 6:18 PM on April 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


I'm kind of surprised there isn't a "Graphic designers do it with Photoshop."
posted by katillathehun at 6:22 PM on April 24, 2008


Uh, no. 'Bicyclists do it with ten speeds' is all they got? Oh, and 'Blondes do it with a Thermos' might be a trademark violation but I can't be sure.
posted by fixedgear at 6:38 PM on April 24, 2008


Men do it with this, women do it with that, amirite?
posted by ardgedee at 6:40 PM on April 24, 2008


OSS graphic designers do it with the gimp.
posted by quonsar at 6:50 PM on April 24, 2008 [2 favorites]


Interesting list. Missed "engineers do it to spec".
posted by oblio_one at 6:54 PM on April 24, 2008


Wow. This web page, a pile of aprons, and a Sharpie could get you a kiosk at the mall.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 6:55 PM on April 24, 2008 [3 favorites]


Philosophers do it ponderously.
posted by brundlefly at 7:00 PM on April 24, 2008


I do it with my *enormous* penis.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 7:01 PM on April 24, 2008 [5 favorites]


Capitalists do it ruthlessly.
posted by A dead Quaker at 7:04 PM on April 24, 2008


Writers do wit with words.

(But not this time, alas.)
posted by loquacious at 7:05 PM on April 24, 2008


Subjects do it with objects.
posted by swift at 7:05 PM on April 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


and predicates.
posted by jonmc at 7:06 PM on April 24, 2008


Mefites overthink it.
posted by empath at 7:09 PM on April 24, 2008


Nothing for bloggers?

Bloggers do it several times a day.
Bloggers do it for the hits.
Bloggers do it with a post.
Bloggers do it to get comments.
Bloggers do it with hot links.
Bloggers do it in their pajamas.
Bloggers do it in reverse chronological order.
Bloggers do it in front of the entire Internet.
Bloggers do it anywhere they can get wifi.
Bloggers do it alone.
posted by wendell at 7:19 PM on April 24, 2008


one more...

Bloggers do it but usually nobody notices.
posted by wendell at 7:20 PM on April 24, 2008 [5 favorites]


Apparently geographers don't do it at all. :(
posted by desjardins at 7:27 PM on April 24, 2008


Okay.

Geographers do it in the butte.
posted by yhbc at 7:31 PM on April 24, 2008 [5 favorites]


Archivists make it last longer.
posted by marxchivist at 7:33 PM on April 24, 2008


Architects do it with models.
Teachers do it with kids.
posted by agentofselection at 7:38 PM on April 24, 2008 [2 favorites]


Social workers do it with individuals, couples, families, groups and communities.

MeFites do it for the favorites.
posted by never used baby shoes at 7:46 PM on April 24, 2008 [3 favorites]


Apparently geographers don't do it at all. :(

That's because geographers couldn't find it even with a map and a compass.
posted by [NOT HERMITOSIS-IST] at 8:04 PM on April 24, 2008


Graphic Designers do it over and over until the client is satisfied.
posted by Down10 at 8:05 PM on April 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


Beatles do it in the road
posted by netbros at 8:11 PM on April 24, 2008


missed my favorite: "Nerds do it rarely."
posted by milestogo at 8:41 PM on April 24, 2008


Literature students are novel lovers.
posted by wtdoor at 9:01 PM on April 24, 2008


Reporters always find a new angle.
posted by CunningLinguist at 9:06 PM on April 24, 2008


Mefites do it in a group.
posted by Neale at 10:37 PM on April 24, 2008


IT guys do it and then make you feel dumb for asking for it.
posted by empath at 11:11 PM on April 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


Evil scientists do it in their labs.
posted by BrotherCaine at 11:16 PM on April 24, 2008


I tend to do it by inserting my sex organs into the sex organs of a consenting partner of the opposite gender although I am aware that other combinations of sex organs and consenting partners and genders are available.
posted by Jofus at 12:54 AM on April 25, 2008


Just today saw this one on a Land Rover:

Mediators do it until everyone is satisfied.
posted by wemayfreeze at 1:07 AM on April 25, 2008 [2 favorites]


Hm, let's see.. agile software developers do it standing up for 15 minutes a day .. at an indefinitely sustainable pace .. or with multiple smaller releases, rather than just one at the end?
posted by plant at 1:45 AM on April 25, 2008


Sociologists do it in groups.
posted by mamaquita at 7:22 AM on April 25, 2008


Geologists do it until they're stratified.

I made that up! I swear! In college! Isn't it hilarious? I cracked myself up! Where is everyone going?
posted by mygothlaundry at 7:25 AM on April 25, 2008 [2 favorites]


Ballet dancers are frequently too exhausted to do it.

Well, that's no fun...
posted by sixswitch at 7:41 AM on April 25, 2008


That's because geographers couldn't find it even with a map and a compass.

That's what remote sensing is for. DUH.
posted by desjardins at 8:11 AM on April 25, 2008


Choreographers tell people how to do it.

No, I'm just digging myself in deeper here.
posted by sixswitch at 8:18 AM on April 25, 2008


Social anthropologists watch other people do it, and then ask them how it made them feel.

Cultural anthropologists watch other people do it, and then ask their neighbours how it made them feel.

Evolutionary anthropologists fap over how Homo erectus might have done it.
posted by aihal at 8:54 AM on April 25, 2008


These two aren't actually "Do It" sayings but I guess you could convert them:

Bass trombone players go down.

French horn players always have their hands in a hole.
posted by mrducts at 9:18 AM on April 25, 2008


Arts outreach workers do it with children...and art.
posted by sixswitch at 9:40 AM on April 25, 2008


I can't believe they missed:

Surfers do it with woodies.
posted by Mental Wimp at 10:41 AM on April 25, 2008


Philip Glass does it with does it Philip Glass does it does it with does with.
posted by OverlappingElvis at 10:43 AM on April 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


Martyrs do it because no one else will.
posted by The Light Fantastic at 10:46 AM on April 25, 2008


"City Planners do it with their eyes closed?"

That doesn't make any sense.

City planners are experts in erogenous zoning.
posted by gordie at 10:59 AM on April 25, 2008


Classic cyclists do it with leather and chains.

Fixed gear cyclists never stop doing it.
posted by fixedgear at 11:36 AM on April 25, 2008


Editors do it with style.
posted by rtha at 12:31 PM on April 25, 2008


I'm doing it right now.
posted by quin at 2:25 PM on April 25, 2008


The only writer in there is a compiler writer.

Writers do it alone.
Writers do it until they reach the end.
Writers do it over and over again until they get it right.

And so on.
posted by unSane at 9:01 PM on April 25, 2008


Mefites: doing it right now.
posted by unSane at 9:02 PM on April 25, 2008


Anarchists do it revoltingly!
posted by streetdreams at 11:17 AM on April 26, 2008


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