Either through a feature story or an opinion column, something you do or say will be a subject. Consider it a compliment, even if we’re arguing against you in print.... In 2010, food, travel and lifestyle journalist Charyn Pfeuffer swapped her Black Berry for a backpack.

But journalists aren’t like the bimbos you usually pick up at the bar.

We don’t take shit from anyone, so don’t lie to us or give a load of bullshit. At some point, you will be a topic: Either through a feature story or an opinion column, something you do or say will be a subject. Consider it a compliment, even if we’re arguing against you in print.

San Diego journalist Tom Chambers aims his warnings to women primarily, but they could apply both ways.

"Journalists aren’t like the bimbos you usually pick up at the bar," he says. We carry those same attributes into our relationships, making it an extremely fun ride well worth the price of admission.

We spend all day separating fact from fiction, listening to PR cronies and dealing with slimy politicians. We have a strong, working knowledge of how the world works. We can delve into the intricacies of zoning laws, local and national politics, where to find the good restaurants, what’s happening with pop culture, where the good bands are playing and more. Guaranteed, when you say ‘towards,’ we will automatically say ‘toward’ — ‘towards’ is not a word.

If you make us do the same with you, you’re just gonna piss us off. We’ll respond with the vengeance of an Op-Ed page railing against society’s injustices – and we’ll enjoy doing it. We’re not trying to call you dumb (even though you don’t understand the English language), it’s habit.

Understand, we’re paid to dig deep, find the secrets and wade through bullshit.

We can pick up on subtleties, so what you think you are hiding from us won’t be hidden for long.

Sure, we’ll act surprised when you eventually tell us you starred in German porn as a freshman in college — but we already knew.

We don’t take shit from anyone, so don’t lie to us or give a load of bullshit.

Guaranteed, when you say “towards,” we will automatically say “toward” — “towards” is not a word.