The girls and I went out for dinner last night. In the middle of eating, Rachel started a most interesting conversation. Here it is:
R: It's bad manners to say "lady".
J: No it isn't.
R: "Lady" is a bad word.
J: "Lady" is not! You can say "That lady has a pink shirt" or "Give this to the lady". It's just a word if you don't know someone's name. Now, you wouldn't walk up to Granny and say "Lady, get me a drink."
R: [giggles] Okay.
three bites later...
R: You can't say "fat lady". It's bad manners.
J: You're right about that!
R: You can't say "old lady" either.
J: Nope. Telling someone she's fat or old is kind of like people calling you a baby. You don't like that, so you?
R: No! "Fat" and "old" are bad manners.
four bites later...
R: Can you say "man"?
Glad we got all that cleared up!