You may think you can tell an accountant when you see one. They all have pocket protectors, glasses with white tape and wear short sleeve dress shirts, right? That may be the stereotype we accountants have but none of that is true. Sure, some accountants may be of the “nerd” variety but most accountants I know are normal people.
The accountants I know are jocks, love music or are great with people.
Since the basic stereotypes don’t fit, here are 10 ways you can tell someone is an accountant:
- He uses the word “opine” in a sentence.
He initials and dates every piece of paper he touches.
He doesn’t reconcile his bank account. (Believe it or not, I have met SOOOO many accountants who do not do this…crazy, right?)
He doesn’t know how to use a computer unless it has at least two monitors.
He is proficient with a 10-key but cannot work a calculator.
Instead of saying, “I was talking with Janet” he says, “Per discussion with Janet.”
His dress shirts are hung in the closet by color and type.
He calculates change to be received before the cash register calculates it.
He talks incessantly about playing Monopoly as a child.
And the number one way you can tell someone is an accountant is:
1. He only gives his wife gifts that are tax deductible.
Hopefully these 10 ways you can tell someone is an accountant will make you smile. It’s the beginning of busy season for crying out loud. You need to keep a smile on your face and your chin up.
What other ways can you tell someone is an accountant? Please add in the comments below.