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 20, 2015
Poor, Hungry Doctor ("Ph.D.” backronym)

A doctor can hold a Ph.D. degree or an M.D. degree. However, someone with an M.D. (medicine) is more likely to make more money than someone with a Ph.D. in English literature. A popular saying (especially in India) is that one should be an M.D. (Money Doctor) and not a Ph.D. (Poor, Hungry Doctor). “Poor Hungry Doctor” has been cited in print since at least 2002.

Other Ph.D. backronyms include “Piled Higher and Deeper,” “Pizza Hut Deliveryman” and “Poor, Hungry and Driven.”

The Bachelor of Science degree is frequently called B.S. ("bull shit") and the Master of Science degree is called M.S. ("more shit” or “more of the same"), with both referenced in print since at least 1932. Popular backronyms for the M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) degree include “Massive Bank Account,” “Master Bullshit Artist,” “Mediocre But Aggressive” and “Mediocre But Arrogant.” The M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) degree has infrequently been called “Much Deeper” since about 2006.


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Oferta de lucru
giorgio
9/9/02
(...)
*Va rugam sa prezentati ceveu’ cu cerintele de rigoare, stimati Acad. Prof. Dr. Docent-inocent, Ing. Sir, M.D., PSYD, PhD’s: (Poor Hungry Doctor), PMD, DVMS si restul trupei.

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Moose25
10-06-2003, 03:41 PM
Lightbulb Revealed!! Arranged marriages in Islam...or...3 Simple Rules for Marrying my Daughter:

(1) Must be a first cousin.
(2) Must have skin like white powder.
(3) Must be a doctor. A real doctor, i.e., an MD (Money Doctor), not a PhD (Poor hungry Doctor).

netphoria
Why Am I So Ugly?
01-19-2004, 02:47 AM
Quote:
Originally posted by Helena Handbasket
I’m going to have to get a PhD. Does that count?

no, not a Poor Hungry Doctor
an MD- Money Doctor

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Why Are American PhDs Poor & Unemployed?
Greg
8/1/04
I might be able to add some insight:
PHD = Poor Hungry Doctor, honestly though, I am kidding, those with PHDs have accomplished alot more than many others. You may also have to ask, why do they except so little?

Bob Dunsire Bagpipe Forums
BESharp
12-09-2005, 11:33 AM
Well, you know, “MD” stands for “Money Doctor” and “PHd” stands for “Poor, hungry doctor”.

Google Books
Portable Roots:
A Saga of the Tamil Diaspora

By Civacaṅkari, Rekha Shetty
New Delhi: Promilla & Co., Publishers
2006
Pg. 247:
Gunasekharan quickly objected, “No, no… don’t include me in that group, Venkat… These are money minting doctors — M.D.s. I am a poor, hungry doctor - Ph.D. in Economics...”

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Luke
‏@LukeKoong
@Sandrafanclub Ass indeed. You can hang with me. I’ll be a Ph.D. Poor hungry doctor.
11:58 AM - 30 Jan 2009

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FirstLadyLue
‏@MissLueLue
Lol! My Medical Chem Professor defines Ph.D->poor hungry doctor and M.D->money doctor.
9:42 AM - 9 Sep 2010

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E Merrell
‏@LfAccording2mE
My Arab professor told us earlier that his mother said...an MD = Money Dr.  & a PHD= Poor Hungry Doctor… we all laughed uneasy
2:01 PM - 19 Jan 2012

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Larianna Varnado
‏@UGucci_ImLV
He said his mom wanted him to be a MD “money doctor” not a PHD “poor hungry doctor.” -Dr. Boutté
9:46 AM - 13 Feb 2012

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Patrick G
‏@TheBig6Pat
Spoken like a true chemist.
“PhD stands for Poor hungry Doctor, and MD stands for Money Doctor"."
11:45 AM - 26 Aug 2015

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Miguel Royo-León
‏@royoleon
From my Computer Architecture professor: There are two types of doctors.
1. MD i.e. Money Doctor
2. Ph.D. i.e. Poor Hungry Doctor
#phdchat
10:49 PM - 1 Sep 2015
El Paso, TX

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