Restaurant Servers, Not Waiters or Waitresses Anymore

Posted by Anthony Mango Thursday, March 7, 2013

The words "waiter" and "waitress" are no longer used in restaurants. Instead, this job has transformed into the description of "server". 

First thing's first...a while back, I wrote a post arguing that we should still use the term "secretary" as "administrative professional" just sounds ridiculous and nobody should be offended by it. This post is in similar fashion, but oddly enough, supportive.

There's two primary reasons why the word "server" makes more sense than keeping the waiter/waitress designations.

1) It condenses things to keep it gender neutral. Isn't it annoying to have to type "his or her" instead of "their"? The same applies to saying "waiters and waitresses" instead of "servers". Keeping things streamlined makes for more efficiency unilaterally.

2) It's more true to the job itself. They're not exactly waiting on you more than they are serving you, right?

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There's a "servicing you by doing a job" joke here somewhere

Essentially, that's the end of this discussion as far as I'm concerned. It's a tiny post, sure, but nothing more needs to be said. If you want to argue about tipping, I'd send you here. If you want to bring up some other topics, leave your comments below and we'll open up a dialogue. Here at Out on Limbs, there's always room for more opinions.


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