Having to show up for work in yesterday's clothes or the outfit you wore to the bar the night before, because you hooked up or had a booty call
Dan: Hey Ted, switch ties with me and maybe no one will notice I'm doing the work of shame today.
Ted: Sure, but you reek like the bar and sex, so I doubt it'll help.
Co-worker: Nice mini-dress Stephanie! Doing the work of shame today?
A puny universe. One's small view of the world or inability to see outside their own circle.
"Tyrone acts like a bigshot but he's just the star of his own puniverse."