So You Want To Be A Waiter

The best book on waiting tables that you have never read – yet

Getting it out of the way

As a rather rabid avoider of using sexist terms whenever possible, why did I use the word “waiter” in the title of my forthcoming blockbuster, best-selling, mega-cultural landmark book?

Well, it sounded better than “So You Want To Be A Server…”. After all, how many people want to be a big, unwieldy computer device?

When I discuss the job in real life, I usually use the word server. It’s a bit bloodless sounding, but the terms waiter and waitress (especially waitress) can be prejorative sometimes. Personally, I wish that there wasn’t a word called waitress and you would just use the word waiter to refer to a table service person of either sex, but that’s not usually the way the word is used.

So, in the book, you’ll find an explanation of this apparent contradiction at the very beginning but you’ll find the word waiter used most of the time, although you’ll also find me using the word server quite often. I state in the beginning that I’m using the word waiter in a non-gender specific fashion but you’ll also find me using server on occasion because, sometimes it just seems more appropriate.

In fact, Merriam-Webster defines the term waiter in a non-gender fashion, using the word person instead of male. So there.


Well, that’s 30 seconds of your life that you’re never going to get back. You’re welcome.


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