Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: patron/customer


    • Join Date: Jun 2003
    • Posts: 495
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    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.

  1. Mister Micawber's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Sep 2004
    • Posts: 1,855
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: patron/customer

    .
    '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.

    .

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 44,225
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: patron/customer

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

  2. HaraKiriBlade's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea

    • Join Date: Apr 2005
    • Posts: 426
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: patron/customer

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


    • Join Date: Jun 2003
    • Posts: 495
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: patron/customer

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

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 44,225
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #6

    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.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 44,225
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #7

    Re: patron/customer

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

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •