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C0rdelia Thu 11-Dec-14 20:22:49

Twice, in 2 days, a female work colleague has referred to me and another colleague as 'girls' in a dismissive/superior way. A red mist is beginning to form in front of my eyes. WIBU to reply, "sorry babes", if she repeats this behaviour? She is 70 and I am mid 50s.

Discopanda Thu 11-Dec-14 20:37:33

Next time she does it look confused and look behind you!

pictish Thu 11-Dec-14 20:39:27

Wouldn't bother me. I'd call her 'dear' in return.

SpringBreaker Thu 11-Dec-14 20:41:13

She is a generation older than you, to her you probably are girls. Its hardly an insult. She didnt call you "the middle aged women", which I would find far more "insulting".

Bair Thu 11-Dec-14 20:42:50

'to her you probably are girls'

As I'm 30, and 70 seems so far away would INBU to call her an 'old dear'? Cos I reckon I would be.

C0rdelia Thu 11-Dec-14 20:44:19

I can't convey the air of superiority when she says it. The first time, I laughed as I thought it was a joke, the second time, the mist formed. We have worked in the same environment for 6 years so I don't know where this 'girls' crap is coming from.

C0rdelia Thu 11-Dec-14 20:46:00

The other colleague is 60 and less of a 'girl' than I am.

misskangaandroo2014 Thu 11-Dec-14 21:14:31

Definitely ignore her / draw attention to your actual name.

SteamTrainsRealAleandOpenFires Thu 11-Dec-14 21:16:13

Possible Replies:-

"Who do you think you are...Joyce Grenfell?"
"Wow, I didn't know we were auditioning for "Mallory Towers"
"Yesss Missss" in a bored teen voice.

C0rdelia Fri 12-Dec-14 00:04:43

Bump. Just because I want to hit 10 posts.

Tobyjugg Fri 12-Dec-14 00:07:17

I once spoke to an all women group where the chair called them girls. The youngest there was 73. I think it's an age thing based on reading too much Angela Brazil at an impressionable age.

Gruntfuttock Fri 12-Dec-14 00:11:45

Would you prefer her to come out and say "Excuse me, women"? That sounds rude to me.

LittleprincessinGOLDrocks Fri 12-Dec-14 00:16:50

What would you prefer?
How about "Now then ladies?"
Whatever you would prefer, suggest it to her next time. Then if she persists start calling her a golden oldie, or Old timer, or something mildly offensive in return.

mrsfuzzy Fri 12-Dec-14 00:17:03

how could you take it seriously ? it's just a jokey thing at the end of the day, hardly insulting, it's nice to have your name used but to 'read' out a list of names is too much like the school register when addressing a group of people.

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