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    A person who serves drinks and food

    How do we call a person whose job is to make coffee, tea, etc. and to serve these drinks to employees and guests in factories, offices, and companies (usually large ones)? I know that this is probably not a common job nowadays and I'm not sure if there's such a word at all.

    I've heard the term "tea lady," but most definitions state that she serves only tea, that it's an obsolete occupation and that the word was used only in the UK.

    Furthermore, I know that a dinner lady (or a lunch lady) serves food in a school, but can we use the same terms for a person who serves food in the workplace (in a canteen in a factory)?

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    Re: A person who serves drinks and food

    Baristas make coffee. Bakers make cake and pastry. Servers serve food. I'm not aware of a specific word for someone who makes tea. I guess because you either make tea yourself or get it from a soda dispenser. You might hear "lunch lady" in a high school cafeteria.

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    Re: A person who serves drinks and food

    Thanks. I meant a person who makes and serves all sorts of drinks in the workplace, not only tea or coffee.

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    #4

    Re: A person who serves drinks and food

    Use "server".

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    Re: A person who serves drinks and food

    If there is not a more appropriate word, I may use it.

    By the way, can I also say "at the workplace" instead of "in the workplace" and is there any difference in meaning?
    Last edited by Meja; 01-May-2017 at 21:26.

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    Re: A person who serves drinks and food

    in the workplace is more common.

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    Re: A person who serves drinks and food

    There is little difference between "at" or "in" but you are talking about a cafeteria that is in the office building so naturally it would be "in". "at" is used in cases where you talk about your location. E.g., "I'm at work right now".

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    Re: A person who serves drinks and food

    "What do we call a person ...?"

    Meja, please note the correct way to ask this question. We don't start a question with "How do we call a person ...?

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    Re: A person who serves drinks and food

    "Tea lady" isn't (yet) an obsolete occupation. One of my friends works in a building in which a lady goes round at 10.30am and 3.30pm with a trolley of tea and biscuits, pouring a mug of tea out for anyone who wants one.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A person who serves drinks and food

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Tea lady" isn't (yet) an obsolete occupation. One of my friends works in a building in which a lady goes round at 10.30am and 3.30pm with a trolley of tea and biscuits, pouring a mug of tea out for anyone who wants one.
    Does that lady also serve coffee or they have to go to the kitchen to make it on their own or use a vending machine?

    In addition, there is a number of jobs which have the word "lady" in their name (tea lady, dinner lady, lunch lady, cleaning lady, etc.) and I wonder what we call a male person who does such a job.

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