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    patron/customer

    The New Fowler's Modern English Usage has this:
    "...theatres, restaurants, and hotels have patrons."
    According to my search, I don't see many patrons for
    those. I wonder if theatres, restaurants, and hotels
    call the users of their services 'customers', 'clients'
    or 'guests' also.
    Thank you.

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    Re: patron/customer

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    'Patrons' are more and more becoming wealthy supporters rather than simple guests or customers. I think it is still common to see in-house notices directed to 'theatre patrons', especially in live theatres. Restaurants now commonly have customers and hotels commonly have guests, though more luxurious examples of both still have patrons, I suspect. Client is better reserved for customers buying expensive products and services (e.g. legal clients) or corporate customers.

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    Re: patron/customer

    I'd also use 'patron' for a very good customer- one who visits regularly.

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    Re: patron/customer

    So... would 'regular patron' be... tautology?

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    Re: patron/customer

    Thank you very much, everybody.
    'regular client/customer' = patron?

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    Re: patron/customer

    'regular client/customer' = patron? It can be, but that is only one possible meaning- as a default, I'd go for a generous benefactor as in the arts.

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    Re: patron/customer

    So... would 'regular patron' be... tautology? - If used in that sense, yes, but not in the other meaning of the word.

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