Date: Sun, 2 Sep 1956 12:27:27 MST


Subject: Re: non-sexist language

American Dialect Society:

While being told of a semi-recent discussion you had on non-sexist

language, I was amused by suggestions for dealing with the

waiter/waitress problem. The "watron" suggestion is a step in the

right direction, but it sounds too much like "matron." Even worse,

it draws too much attention to "waiter" and "waitress." Thus,

"watron" does not engender respect.

When I go out to eat, I would like to be served by a

dining consultant

who can make recommendations. I would feel much more comfortable

consulting with a dining consultant than with a mere waiter,

waitress, or watron.

Thank you,

Tom Uharriet