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Old 12-29-05, 11:15 AM   #1
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why use the word 'boss' casually?

i admit...i don't get it. why do people call me 'boss'? this occurs when i order a coffee, at a diner, even some people in my office do it. it's very casual. i don't like it to tell you the truth, but i'd like to understand why people do this?
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i admit...i don't get it. why do people call me 'boss'? this occurs when i order a coffee, at a diner, even some people in my office do it. it's very casual. i don't like it to tell you the truth, but i'd like to understand why people do this?
can we call you "big guy" then?
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Old 12-29-05, 11:18 AM   #3
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My experience of NYC is limited but this usage is something of a colloquialism. It may also be spured by your appearance.
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My experience of NYC is limited but this usage is something of a colloquialism. It may also be spured by your appearance.
Why? Does he look like a souped up Ford Mustang?
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The only name that irritated me occaisionally was back in the CB radio hey days in the mid 70's. Truck drivers generally hated being called "Good Buddy", as that term was used by us to diss the 4 wheeling fools who hijacked our sub culture.

Does anyone here know what the term really means?
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Old 12-29-05, 11:27 AM   #6
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My experience of NYC is limited but this usage is something of a colloquialism. It may also be spured by your appearance.
i'm a skinny white dude with girl arms. the way i've seen it used, i would go out on a limb and say it's used toward whites more than anything else. but, of course, i'm not sure and don't want to jump to that conclusion if it's just not true. last week, for example, i held a door for a coworker and he said "thanks boss". it's a little puzzling.
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I have heard it used quite often. Are you asking why you personally are so addressed or are you asking why the term is used? If the former, I imagine because you command respect. If the latter, then I think it's analagous of the term "Sir". In the instances you cited it seems to be an acknowledgement that as the customer you are in charge (or in the office just provided direction or advice?). Point of reference, I have nicknamed and addressed my father as "Jefe" for the past 15-20years. It's Spanish for "boss". Go figure.

Certainly it does not seem like any disrespect is intended. If you do not like it, why not say so?
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i'm a skinny white dude with girl arms. the way i've seen it used, i would go out on a limb and say it's used toward whites more than anything else. but, of course, i'm not sure and don't want to jump to that conclusion if it's just not true. last week, for example, i held a door for a coworker and he said "thanks boss". it's a little puzzling.
I take it the car comparison is out then.

Considering the possible names out there, boss does seem kind of harmless. But I know what you mean. I am uneasy being called Mister. No good reason, just I am not that formal. Hey you will usually get my attention.
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I take it the car comparison is out then.

Considering the possible names out there, boss does seem kind of harmless. But I know what you mean. I am uneasy being called Mister. No good reason, just I am not that formal. Hey you will usually get my attention.
yeah, it's definelty not meant to harm me. i doubt people would use it so openly if it were. it's just one of those things that sticks out to me every time i hear it. i always walk away thinking 'that was odd'.
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If you do not like it, why not say so?
i think i will, next time i hear it.
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Would you prefer 'ace' or 'chief'?
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yeah, it's definelty not meant to harm me. i doubt people would use it so openly if it were. it's just one of those things that sticks out to me every time i hear it. i always walk away thinking 'that was odd'.
When I was a furniture mover, the helpers could always bring me back from getting too high and mighty by saying "Yassuh Boss man". The fact that they were black made it sting somewhat. But they made their point. I had one upper income white lady I was moving ask how I could take that from "those people". I politely told her they were my friends and friends do that to each other when one of them needs to be taken down a peg or two. She didn't get it. I am sure I reinforced her image of "white trailer trash". At least her tip told me that.
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One of my old business partners used to call me "chief" all the time. Kinda wierd, made me want to get a ceremonial headress of feathers and stuff... I would much prefer "My Lord" or "Excellency" more...
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I hate that term.
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I hate that term.
which one? boss? or one of the other ones used above?
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Never been called boss, but often Sir.
damn, I feel really old when someone calls me "Sir".
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Phrases I use around people at work.
Sup.
Dawg.
Yo.
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I notice that only the Mexicans at work call me "boss".

Maybe in Spanish, "boss" mean horse's a$$?
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I think people use "boss" because others respond so unfavourably to "cuddles."

And I meant it in the best possible way, too.

Maybe that was the problem…
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i admit...i don't get it. why do people call me 'boss'?
Do you look like the guy on the right?

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I hate the term "boss"...it's annoying...

I had a co-worker that used to call me that all the time....after a while it started really pissing me off.
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Do you look like the guy on the right?
i wish. sadly i look like the one on the left.
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boss should be used as an adjective

"The new XPS Laptop is pretty boss, but I wish it was lighter."

we used to say that all the time, haven't heard it for awhile
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