A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from September 17, 2015
Journey Of the Broke ("job” backronym)

The word “job” is not an acronym for anything, but some have used the backronym (back acronym) of “journey of the broke.” The backronym has been applied to minimum wage and other low-paying jobs, a “journey” of unexciting and unrewarding employment.

“Journey Of the Broke” has been cited in print since at least 1989. “Just Over Broke” is another “job” backronym.


Google News Archive
21 September 1989, Boca Raton (FL) News, pg. 5B, col. 1 classified ad:
ARE YOU TIRED OF YOUR JOB (Journey of the Broke?) Have the courage to call—it may change your life! 305-978-2820 24 hrs.

Google News Archive
28 November 1989, The Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT), pg. 8B, col. 5 classified ad:
SALES TIRED OF YOUR JOB, Journey Of the Broke $10,000-$20,000 plus per moth comm lst year Hair and skin care 572-9289

Google Books
How to Find Your Ideal Country Home:
Ruralize Your Dreams

By Gene GeRue
Zanoni, MO: Heartwood Publications
1994
Pg. 122:
If you are one of us who think of a J-O-B as a Journey Of the Broke, perhaps you will use this time as a transition to self-employment.

Google Books
Dream Big:
A Woman’s Book of Network Marketing

By Cynthia Stewart-Copier
Holbrook, MA: Adams Media Corp.
2000
Pg. IX:
Rather than wait for the government to enforce equality, more and more women are deciding to leave their j.o.b.s (journey of the broke) to become entrepreneurs.

25 November 2003, The Gleaner (Kingston, Jamaica), “Administrative workers’ woes,” pg. A5, col. 5:
Most public sector workers cannot afford to educate themselves to move on, so they are left in the bondage of the Journey Of the Broke (JOB) to enter into oblivion.

Twitter
Juanita Braun
‏@jbpole
J.O.B stands for Journey of the Broke........R.I.C.H stands for Residual Income Creates Happiness smile Have a Blessed Day!
11:23 AM - 14 Apr 2009

Google Books
EGO: Easing God Out, No, Keep Kim In
By Ormond Curl
Xlibris LLC (Xlibris.com)
2014
Pg. 58:
Dr. Farah Gray in his book Reallionaire refers to job as the journey of the broke or just over broke.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Thursday, September 17, 2015 • Permalink