“What is it exactly you do do?”

In a Twin Peaks episode you can hear the following question: “So, Mr. Wheeler, what is it exactly you do do?”. It seems to me quite weird. Is it correct?
I suppose that the purpose of the second do isn’t to emphasize something.


Asking ‘what is it exactly you do do?

Is a way of differentiating from ‘what you don’t do’. (Or indeed, whether you do anything at all!)


‘I am a plumber, but I don’t fix pipes, water heaters or baths!’

Reply ‘what is it exactly you do do?’

‘Well I only do radiators actually. And only on Wednesdays. If I’m not busy!’

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