Date: Sun, 2 Sep 1956 12:27:27 MST
From: utom[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]712ADMN.NEBO.EDU
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
who can make recommendations. I would feel much more comfortable
consulting with a dining consultant than with a mere waiter,
waitress, or watron.