“Maaaaaaate” and other unacceptable monikers
There’s a memo doing the rounds today which is copping a bit of a bagging from the anti-PC police but which actually isn’t that offensive.
A regional health executive in northern NSW has asked his workers to avoid the use of words like ‘mate’, ‘darling’, ‘sweetheart’ and ‘honey’ in the workplace.
Some have rightly seized on the fact that the word ‘mate’ is not only inoffensive, but is a pretty helpful substitute word when you don’t actually know someone’s name. Fair enough. But let’s be real. The other words on the list are old hat at best and demeaning at worst.
Actually, the phrase ‘old hat’ is pretty old hat too, isn’t it.
Anyway, we’re not writing a thesis here. This is one of those light afternoon moments where we ask you to chip in with answers to a simple question. Actually, three simple questions.
1. Could the word ‘mate’ ever be deemed offensive in any context?
2. Are the other words on the list as bad as all that or is there a place for ‘darling’, sweetheart’ and ‘honey’ too?
3. Is it acceptable to go “maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate” when you bump into someone you vaguely know but whose name you’ve forgotten? Is there a better word? And what word do you chicks, I mean women, use in this context?
Over to to you, luvvies.
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