What Does DQYDJ Mean in a Text?

DQYDJ means "Don't Quit Your Day Job." The abbreviation DQYDJ is an idiomatic expression, which humorously suggests someone isn't very good at doing something. For example, if a friend played the piano really badly, "Don't quit your day job" would be a funny way to tell them that if they tried to rely on playing the piano for a living they would not be successful, and that their current job would be a safer option. Of note, this phrase should only be used informally.

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meaning of DQYDJ

DQYDJ is a light-hearted way to tell someone they're not very good at something.

Summary of Key Points

"Don't Quit Your Day Job" is the most common definition for DQYDJ on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Don't Quit Your Day Job
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of DQYDJ in Sentences

Here are examples of DQYDJ being used in conversations:
  • Martin: Can I practice my comedy routine on you?
  • Nick: Okay.
  • Martin: Turning vegan is a big missed steak.
  • Nick: Is that it? DQYDJ.
  • Ian: What did you think of my guitar playing?
  • Jim: I don't want to be rude, but DQYDJ or you'll starve.

An Academic Look at DQYDJ

DQYDJ is an initialism abbreviation. This means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Dee Kyu Waye Dee Jay), but as this is harder to say than "Don't quit your day job" it is not often spoken using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation DQYDJ is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "keep practising" instead of DQYDJ.

Example of DQYDJ Used in a Text

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