Cocktail party repartee seems to be undergoing a change. Given the state of the economy and the high rate of unemployment, it might be more politically correct (and just plain safer) to ask people their age and weight rather than delve into their work history.
From the New York Times:
When ‘What Do You Do?’ Is Taboo
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