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Question: is the term 'lady' used colloquially in different ways in the US, the UK, etc?

In the US, "lady" can be used interchangeably with "woman" in a strictly informal way.

I'm not sure if this holds true outside the US.

The term "Lady" is one of social status, and I strongly disagree with the use of it as a generic for any female. Used as such it is a euphemism and an unpleasant one at that! Does anyone object if I delete the assertion at the top of the article: ""Lady" can be used as a title, or as a (formal) form of address for any woman."? The subsection "More recent usage: social class" just about says it all.
Nick Michael 21:39, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

The article makes no mention of the modern of use of the singular "lady" as a rude and sexist term. In US English, if you want to catch a woman's attention, and say, "Wait a second, lady," you'd receive a very bad glare in return. This is the equivalent of the way the sexist term "broad" was used in the 1970s. The article acts as though the term is only used in the plural in US English. I haven't made any edits to reflect this. Fungicord (talk) 10:02, 3 November 2010 (UTC)


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