According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a McJob is a job that’s low-paid and offers little opportunity to get ahead. An unstimulating, low-paid job with few prospects, esp. one created by the expansion of the service sector. McDonald’s isn’t happy about that dictionary definition and has publicly complained that it isn’t fair to the company. But the dictionaries insist that that’s what the word actually means: a McJob is a job that doesn’t promise much of a future.
“McDonald’s is in some ways a toy company, not a food company,” says one retired fast food executive. Indeed, McDonald’s is perhaps the largest toy company in the world. It sells or gives away more than 1.5 billion toys every year. Almost one out of every three new toys given to American kids each year comes from McDonald’s or another fast food chain.
So that’s all right, then.