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Entry from March 18, 2018
Pretty Huge Debt ("Ph.D.” backronym)

The doctorate degree (Ph.D.) is expensive to acquire. The backronym (back acronym) of “Pretty Huge Debt” was posted on Twitter on December 6, 2010.

Other Ph.D. backronyms include “Papa Has Dough,” “Permanent Head Damage,” “Piled Higher and Deeper,” “Pizza Hut Deliveryman,” “Poor, Hungry Doctor” and “Poor, Hungry and Driven.”

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree is sometimes called “Bachelor of Fuck All.” 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.” M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) degree backronyms include “Money Doctor” and “Much Deeper.”


Twitter
قاهر الفولورز
@seksek
I have a PHD: Pretty Huge Debt .... masheeha Debt.
4:41 PM - 6 Dec 2010

Twitter
Peter Heery 🇪🇺
@peterheery
Replying to @cole007
@cole007 PhD - pretty huge debt ; ) always much easier to get funding to build a bridge than to write a sonnet I’ve found.
6:43 PM - 28 Jan 2011

Twitter
Garry Sran
@g_scholar
apparently PhD doesn’t stand for ‘Pretty Huge Debt’... Could have fooled me :s #gradissues #studentdebt
10:15 PM - 26 Oct 2011

Twitter
Shane Mongrain
@monshow22
yeh you got PhD..a Pretty Huge Debt #ilovecollege
8:21 PM - 30 Nov 2011

Stuff (New Zealand)
Making your education investment pay
Richard Meadows
05:00, Feb 13 2012
(...)
PhD (Pretty Huge Debt)

Twitter
Mitch
@englishsuper
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Diploma = diplomatic amount of debt
Degree = mild degree of debt
PHD = pretty huge debt
11:03 PM - 16 Sep 2013

12 March 2015, The Sun (London, UK), “So I’ll prescribe two mortgage payments and a credit card diet” by Bill Leckie, pg. 11:
WHEN it comes to financial milwho-cial management, millions of us have a PHD. A Pretty Huge Debt.

Twitter
nutsack phrenologist
@heavysweating
yea ive got a PhD. a
Pretty
huge
Debt
12:30 PM - 22 Jun 2016

Twitter
Sintia Radu
@sintiaradu
“PhD = Pretty Huge Debt”
6:57 AM - 10 Nov 2017

Twitter
Sally McNaeHair
@JimShagadance
When people ask what qualifications I have I say a PhD...Pretty Huge Debt
3:30 PM - 12 Jan 2018

Reddit—Jokes
So my crush wants a guy with a phd
submitted March 19, 2018 by ObscureRaptors
And apparently that doesn’t mean pretty huge debt

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Sunday, March 18, 2018 • Permalink