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Adults who address children as 'mate'

Discussion in 'Personal' started by blazer, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    I sometimes call a child 'matey' or 'Sunshine' or even 'Treasure' but it is never meant in a friend sort of way more as a form of sarcasm.
  2. I call my son "mate" and my dog "son"....go figure.
  3. I prefer 'mate' to 'guys'. Maybe because it sounds less sandal-wearing, yoghurt-knitting and right-on. I still don't like 'mate' though, no.
  4. Mate and guys are both horrendous, whether used towards children or adults.
  5. My dad has always referred to me and my brothers as 'mate'. There has never been an issue of respect between us and him.
  6. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    Maybe I'm old inside I always say 'gents' lol
  7. Urrrggghhh teachers who call their class "guys". Prefixed by "OK".
    If I had a gun I'd reach for it.
  8. lapinrose

    lapinrose Star commenter

    I just call them 'you 'orrible lot'!
  9. clear_air

    clear_air New commenter

    Several of my friends call their children (and mine!!) 'mate'. I put it down to them not growing up in Devon...
  10. Oh God. The imperative verb.
  11. I sometimes use "Guys" because when I started teaching I would accidently call my class "Guides" as I have been a guide leader for many years and it was my out clause
  12. DaisysLot

    DaisysLot Senior commenter

    I always refer to them as 'cherubs' because they are... such keen angelic little learners.... Don't you all???
  13. I call my Dad mate!
  14. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    I've always wondered why female students don't object out loud to being called 'guys' - since when was it anything other than an Americanism for 'men'?

    Most teachers who use 'guys' and 'mate' are usually about 23 going on 12 in my experience.
  15. I have to admit I do sometimes address students individually as 'mate'.
    Such as 'Good Luck Mate' or 'Nice one mate'.
    An age thing really.
  16. I just address them collectively as a year group... "come on year 8"
  17. I don't use it collectively, I don't think I ever have.
    I only use it when addressing a student individually.
  18. learningyoghurt

    learningyoghurt New commenter

    I do it. And I'm not really young, really stupid or currying favour, I just do. And I'm not sorry, either.
  19. I bloody concur!
  20. guilty as charged...sorry


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