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|English term or phrase: PC term for "maid"|
|I need to know what the "politically correct" term for "maid" is.|
The thing is I'm teaching adult ESL students at a night school, and some of them are cleaning women, and I want them to tell me what their occupation is, but without being pejorative with themselves.
So, is "maid" the correct word to refer to a person who cleans in someone's home?
The American Heritage Dictionary defines "housekeeper" (one word) as follows:
1. One who is employed to perform or direct the domestic tasks in a household.
2. A housewife.
3. An employee of an establishment, such as a hospital, inn, or hotel, who performs or coordinates housekeeping tasks.
Based on how I have heard "housekeeper" used around these parts, I disagree with definition 2. Based on the way I hear the term used, It appears to me that "housekeeper" is becoming more than just politically correct. It is becoming pretty much the standard term. Where I work, even the department where "maids" or "janitors" work is called "Housekeeping." In this case, "house" does not mean "residential unit," but rather "building interior."
One virtue of "housekeeper" is that it is gender-neutral.
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