To Clench or Not to Clench (Your Butt), That Is the Question

Clenched Buttocks: A Cultural Phenomenon?

The word “clencher” comes from the French word “clerc”, which means to grasp something firmly. The term was first used in reference to someone who held down a job, but now it’s commonly used when referring to someone who holds down a job.

In the United States, the term “clencher” is often applied to those who work at a desk all day long. However, it isn’t just office workers who are called clenchers; anyone holding down a job for any length of time is considered one.

According to some studies, up to 50% of Americans hold down multiple jobs. A “clencher” is also a person who doesn’t spend money.

What Else Can You Tell About a Person by Looking at Their Clenched Buttocks?

If your butt is clenched, you probably fall into one of these groups:

You are a person who holds down multiple jobs, but you never seem to get ahead financially. You don’t like your job and aren’t making enough money; hence, you’re probably clenching your butt.

Have you tried to talk to a financial advisor?

Well yes, but just to the bank teller. No one else seems to have any time for me when I go into the branch.

What do you mean, just open up a savings account?

This is why I need to talk to someone with experience in personal finance and wealth management.

Do you know any wealthy people who are willing to meet with me?

You seem really angry right now.

You are a person who is afraid to spend money. You’d rather save up for a rainy day than enjoy yourself now.

When you see something you want, such as a new flat-screen TV, you have a hard time parting with your money. So you put it on your credit card and pay interest on it every month instead. You probably have a lot of items that you’ve purchased over time that you rarely use.

Wouldn’t it be better to get rid of some of these things and spend the money on something you really want?

You are a person who puts personal goals ahead of financial goals. You don’t argue with your significant other when they nag you about money. You just grit your teeth and bear it. Then you go to the personal development section at the bookstore, where you read books that make you feel even more hopeless about your situation. You’ve been thinking about starting a side business, but the thought of all that paperwork is overwhelming.

Maybe you should just go back to college and fulfill your dream of becoming a doctor?

You are a person who doesn’t like your job and never has. You don’t feel a sense of accomplishment every time you punch out. Instead, all you want to do is go home, eat dinner, take a shower and collapse in bed. Weekends are no escape, as you spend most of the time cleaning your house or working in the yard. You really have thought about getting a job in a different field, but that would mean going back to school full-time–something you just don’t have the time or money to do right now. You wish you could find something you are passionate about doing, but it seems unlikely at this point. It would be great to win the lottery or inherit a fortune from a rich, dead uncle you never knew you had…

Why are You Reading This?

This question runs through my mind whenever I read an article or book about personal finance. Chances are you’re reading this because you have a problem with money and you want to do something about it.

But why? Why is it so important that you address your problems and frustrations with money?

Maybe you want to be able to take a vacation every once in awhile. Maybe you want to be debt-free. Maybe you want to be able to buy your children something nice without having to sacrifice. Maybe you want to leave a legacy. Maybe you just want to sleep better at night, knowing that your financial situation is secure.

Think about why it is that you want these things–what is it that’s driving you towards a specific goal?

Maybe you think that traveling is too much fun to not do more of it–maybe you should stay at home. Maybe you think that having your home paid off is the greatest peace of mind you can have in this life–maybe you should keep working. Or maybe you need to re-evaluate your current situation and see if it really needs to change.

My Own Story

I’m a perfect example of a person who ended up taking “the wrong path.” I’m a University graduate who has been working at the same job for over four years.

I am still living at home with my parents, and I have over $20,000 in debt (and growing).


I don’t have the slightest idea. I’ve always had an inkling towards writing, but I never acted upon it–until now. I plan to start writing on a regular basis, and see where that takes me.

What can you do to change your situation? Are you unhappy with your job?

Do something else.

Don’t know what else to do?

Get some education or training, and figure it out.

Does the thought of further studies make you want to run in the opposite direction?

Take a different approach: find a new job, learn everything you can about it and become indispensable.

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Wherever you are in life–you can change it. The decision is ultimately yours.

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