Pronounced: ZER-ik or ZEER-ik, adj

Notes: I should have been able to guess at the meaning

Yesterday’s word

The word waitron is a person who waits tables (as in a restaurant) : waiter/waitress/waitperson


This word was created by blending waiter/waitress with the -tron suffix, which may be an allusion to the machine-like impersonality of those who wait tables. It also may have been taken from neutron; assumed to come from neutral and thus reference the gender-neutrality of waitron. Personally, I have no problem with the traditional words of waiter and waitress. In the current society, there is a very vocable segment pushing for gender-neutrality, so words like waitron are becoming more common. This word is slightly disparaging; the more popular term these days is server.

First usage

This is a relatively recent word, appearing in print in 1980.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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