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Calling adult female employees 'girls'

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Mandytm Mon 04-Mar-13 15:40:52

I was just in the post office and there was a sign on the wall saying 'please do not use your mobile phone while the girls are serving you'.

There were 4 women working behind the glass, all aged between 40 and 60 I would say.

It makes me think of the 17th Century when a rich English household might have an adult black man servant and call him 'boy'.

Am I the only one who gets so bugged by things like this?

JacqueslePeacock Mon 18-Mar-13 11:54:07

And perhaps check out what "tenses" means if you do manage to have extra time on your hands.

slug Mon 18-Mar-13 12:03:20

Thank you Tyrone for your valuable contribution to this debate

runningforthebusinheels Tue 19-Mar-13 07:52:23


LittlePushka Thu 21-Mar-13 21:41:23

So what do you all think of this: A large national chain of car dealers/car maintenance providers has toilets for its customers with "Boys" and "Girls" on the door.hmm

I am no expert on driver licensing, but I thought 17 would be about the minimum age of customer to whom this company ought to be directing its marketing...

HairyHandedTrucker Thu 21-Mar-13 21:49:48

that wouldn't bother me as it's equal and also because "little boys/girls rooms"is just an in offensive phrase for toilet.

LittlePushka Thu 21-Mar-13 22:10:25

There is an offensive phrase for toilet??!!

I did think it was somehat patronising...for someone about to spend rather more than a weeks pocket money on a car.

Or perhaps it wasn't a car, maybe it was actually a "toy" ???

sunshineandfreedom Mon 25-Mar-13 11:03:56

I am trying to get my work colleagues to stop referring to us as 'the Compliance Girls' (kill me now) by reffering to them as 'compadres' and hoping it catches on grin

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