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Is it still acceptable in 2017 to ask: ‘What do you do for a living?’

There’s a scene in the recent spy blockbuster movie “Atomic Blonde” where spy heroine Lorraine, played by Charlize Theron, meets Delphine, a French lady in a Berlin nightclub, and asks her what she does for a living.

Delphine — played by Sofia Boutella — tells her she’s a part-time translator but that she wants to be a poet or a rock star. (Without giving too much away about the plot, Delphine is lying about her occupation and the pair wind up lovers.) But the exchange in “Atomic Blonde” neatly typifies why “What do you do?” is still a perennial icebreaker when meeting someone outside work in a social situation.

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