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Might be a silly question but......

Why do we say the phrase "gainfully employed"? why are we saying "gainfully" what other kind of employment is there?


Asked by Lucky209 at 10:24 PM on Apr. 4, 2011 in Money & Work

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  • Gainfully employed means that you are working for money. It doesn't matter if it is part time or full time. If you are working as a volunteer or in a non paying internship position, you are NOT gainfully employed as you are not being paid.

    Answer by layh41407 at 10:33 PM on Apr. 4, 2011

  • Part time

    Answer by Kimberly71682 at 10:25 PM on Apr. 4, 2011

  • So If I'm working part time I am not gainfully employed? Is this correct?

    Comment by Lucky209 (original poster) at 10:28 PM on Apr. 4, 2011

  • is it "gainfully" I always thought it way "gayfully" - like you're happy to be employed.

    Answer by 1Katrina at 10:29 PM on Apr. 4, 2011

  • Ahhhh thankyou layh41407

    Comment by Lucky209 (original poster) at 10:45 PM on Apr. 4, 2011

  • volunteer work is not (financially) gainful

    Answer by rkoloms at 5:46 AM on Apr. 5, 2011

  • I am "gainfully employed" in that the end result of my working is a profit. (Not for me, but a profit nonetheless). I'm NOT "gayfully" employed because most days I loathe my job.

    Answer by Fawn80 at 9:53 AM on Apr. 5, 2011

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