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To hate the expression "University of Life"

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cantonwanton Wed 27-Mar-19 20:26:47

Every time I hear or see this on facebook or in real life, I want scream or head butt someone.

NO. You are not special of having lived, we all have, graduates included.
It's some sort of snooty DailyFailesque phrase, of elevating one's self-importance.

It's demeaning to those who actually studied for a degree and got one. I have no issue at all with people not having degrees, so stop trying to pretend you have one, and somehow by having lived you are more experienced/knowledgeable than the rest.

lexiconmistress Wed 27-Mar-19 20:34:41

YANBU. It's said by wankers.

TheSultanofPingu Wed 27-Mar-19 20:35:06

Don't be daft!

BlackSatinDancer Wed 27-Mar-19 20:36:13

I just read it as them saying they haven't been to uni. It is not them pretending to have a degree.

Userisi Wed 27-Mar-19 20:41:11

I assume the person who wrote it has insecurity issues about not going to university, for whatever reason.

DrCoconut Wed 27-Mar-19 20:43:11

The University of Life is where you go when you're not brainy enough to get in anywhere else grin. I'm aware some perfectly intelligent people didn't go to university through either choice or circumstances but they are not IME the ones who come out with the "I don't need a fancy degree I went to the University of Life" crap. It's used to pour scorn on being higher educated, by people who are not.

SemperIdem Wed 27-Mar-19 20:44:25

Generally only absolute tossers say it, so it follows that I dislike the phrase.

Bringbackthestripes Wed 27-Mar-19 20:44:54

I just read it as them saying they haven't been to uni. It is not them pretending to have a degree.

Same BlackSatinDancer

I do have a degree & I don’t find people saying it demeaning.

ILoveMaxiBondi Wed 27-Mar-19 20:45:48

YANBU

Too for anyone who uses it: graduates also went through life too.

ILoveMaxiBondi Wed 27-Mar-19 20:46:15

*tip! Not too.

DixieLandReject Wed 27-Mar-19 20:48:05

Reminds me of Gary from Men Behaving Badly, I can remember him saying something similar.

SandyY2K Wed 27-Mar-19 20:49:45

It doesn't bother me tbh. I can't be getting worked up over a phrase that's basically saying, life experience.

PlainSpeakingStraightTalking Wed 27-Mar-19 20:51:40

'School of hard knocks' = excluded and couldn't drum up a GCSE in wood whittling if they tried

'University of life' - thick as shit, still can't whittle wood and has dangerously alt right tendencies. Optional tattoos and shaved head, possible pierced ear, Millwall supporter.

genericusername44 Wed 27-Mar-19 20:54:08

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Langrish Wed 27-Mar-19 20:54:18

Conjures up Swiss Tony from The fast Show.

Planks, generally.

londonloves Wed 27-Mar-19 20:55:29

Triggers my twatometer big time

HoundOfTheBasketballs Wed 27-Mar-19 20:58:36

Men who put on the university section of their Tinder profile that they've graduated from the University of Life earn themselves an immediate swipe to the left. And that's coming from someone who didn't go to university herself. It smacks of having a massive chip on your shoulder.

clairemcnam Wed 27-Mar-19 21:03:28

I have found it either means people with a chip on their shoulder OR people who have become very successful and have had to work their way up after leaving school at 16 with no qualifications. The latter is something to be proud of. And for the latter the answer is usually given if someone asks them what they studied at university/where they went.

TheSultanofPingu Wed 27-Mar-19 21:03:33

It's a cringeworthy phrase, but to say it's demeaning to people who have or are studying for a degree is ridiculous.

Meandwinealone Wed 27-Mar-19 21:05:03

Only dickheads say it

ivykaty44 Wed 27-Mar-19 21:06:06

University of life' - thick as shit, still can't whittle wood and has dangerously alt right tendencies. Optional tattoos and shaved head, possible pierced ear, Millwall supporter.

I know to men in their late 60s early 70s that have both said this to me, they couldn’t be any further from this description if they tried. Both actually are or seem very pleasant & intelligent

What different perceptions of people we all have from one small phrase

Malope Wed 27-Mar-19 21:09:47

When I was doing a PDGE I came across so many people who claimed to be a teacher. Delighted to have someone I could pick the brains of, I would ask what they taught and get the reply, "life" with a sage nod.

When pressed about who this was taught to, never a straight answer and BLOODY HELL IT WOUND ME UP.

Malope Wed 27-Mar-19 21:10:30

*PGDE.

Sorry. Slabfingers.

Kokapetl Wed 27-Mar-19 21:15:39

I find it annoying too because of the implication that people who do go to (and work at) a university have no experience of life.

Rtmhwales Wed 27-Mar-19 21:18:55

Men who put on the university section of their Tinder profile that they've graduated from the University of Life earn themselves an immediate swipe to the left.

This. A thousand times this. And if they say they went to the School of Hard Knocks. Nope. Bye.

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