funex79 at SLONET.ORG
Fri Jan 26 17:05:24 UTC 2001
Melissa ignores, not only the sexism of busboy but probably also its ageism
since there's a good probability that the busboy is older than she is and
most likely not a "boy."
----- Original Message -----
From: "GEORGE THOMPSON" <thompsng at ELMER4.BOBST.NYU.EDU>
To: <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Sent: Friday, January 26, 2001 8:16 AM
Subject: Re: Waitron
> Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001 21:57:18 -0500
> From: Jane Parker <jpparker at ISERV.NET>
> Subject: Re: Waitron
> When I lived in Minneapolis MN in the mid-'80 the term waitron was
> instead of waiter/waitress in the want ads and by the waitrons themselves.
> People laughed at me (even some linguistic professors) when I went to
> in IN. I have not seen or heard it used since. Is anyone else familiar
> this term? I think is was sort of a gender neutral combo of waitress
> Jane P Parker
> I recall reading an anecdote in some local (NYC) source, probably in
> the mid 1980s.
> [Recreated:] The writer goes into a restaurant, takes a table that
> hasn't been red up since the last customer. A female appears,
> announces "I'm Melissa, and I'll be your waitron tonight."
> "Waitron?" "Yes. Waitress and waiter are sexist terms. The busboy
> will clean your table right away."
> The point to the anecdote, to the extent that it had one, is that her
> consciousness was not raised sufficiently to keep her from using the
> sex-bound term "busboy". I believe that I now see the word
> "wait-person" on cards in restaurant windows notifying the world of a
> job-opening. The gophers, in introducing themselves, tend to say
> "I'll be your server."
> "red up" appears in homage to my connections in Elizabeth, Pa.
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