Date: Fri, 28 Jan 1994 10:59:14 CST

From: Dennis Baron debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UIUC.EDU

Subject: Re: waiter/waitress

In Message Thu, 27 Jan 1994 19:44:28 CST,

"Donald M. Lance" ENGDL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]mizzou1.bitnet writes:

I'd like to rephrase my inquiry about gender-neutral terms for waiter/


When you go to restaurants in your area, how do personnel complete sentences

like these?

(showing customer to table) Welcome to Trattoria Strada Nova. Your _________

will be Cindy.

(at the table) My name is Cindy. I'll be your ___________ this evening. If

you need anything, please let me know.


They're all _servers_ here, Don, tho some may still say waiter/waitress.

On the check, there's usu. a place for the server's name or number.

This box is marked "server" by and large. Newspaper want ads will say

waiter/waitress, waitstaff, servers, sometimes waitpersons or waits.

Which reminds me, are all actors unemployed waitrons?



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