You Had One Job


What does You Had One Job mean?

You had one job is a popular catchphrase, uttered when people want to highlight a poorly executed task of someone else.

On the internet, it is similar to and closely associated with the FAIL image macros.

You had ONE JOB!!


What's the origin of You Had One Job?

The line first occurred in the 2001 Ocean’s Eleven, where it is said by Basher Tarr (played by Don Cheadle) who is reprimanding his team for missing an essential step, that leads to the failure of the heist.

An early online case of “you had one job” comes from Reddit user nomdeweb who used the catchphrase with a screenshot of Jurassic Park’s credits, depicting the name of Phil Tippett who was “dinosaur supervisor”.

The post was uploaded to Reddit on April 25th, 2011.

Spread & Usage

How did You Had One Job spread?

The phrase would become very popular over the years, with a ton of memes containing the phrase “you had one job”.

These include rage comics, as well as image macros on sites like Reddit, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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