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    milkman

    What is the female of 'milkman.' It would appear to be 'milkwoman', but it seems it is not the answer. 'Milkmaid' also does not seem to be the answer. Could someone please let me know what it should be?

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by kohyoongliat; 31-Mar-2007 at 10:52.

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    Re: milkman

    Good question! We say postwoman but it seems that we don't say milkwoman. And a milkmaid is a different thing. Let's wait for our native speakers' comments.

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    #3

    Re: milkman

    How about milk lady?

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    Re: milkman

    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    How about milk lady?
    I can't find 'milk lady' in my dictionaries. Neither can I find 'milkwoman'.

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    Re: milkman

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    Thanks, but it is strange that 'milk lady' has to be found in the website instead of in dictionaries. It really baffles me.
    Last edited by kohyoongliat; 31-Mar-2007 at 13:03.

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    Re: milkman

    According to Wikipedia,
    A milkman is a person — traditionally male — who delivers milk in milk bottles or cartons. \ The term "milkman" is used to refer to either a man or woman doing this work.

    I believe the reason there isn't a gender neutral term for milkman, whereas there are for police officers, fire fighters, and flight attendants, may have to do with the fact that milk delivery isn't all that common anymore and, moreover, you usually know the milkman by first or last name.

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    Thanks, Casiopea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Thanks, but it is strange that 'milk lady' has to be found in the website instead of in dictionaries. It really baffles me.
    I know that but I was just waiting for some native speaker to speak up. I did all I could.
    Well, with the reputation the milkman has, it had to be a man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    Well, with the reputation the milkman has, it had to be a man!
    Now, I'm going to let you explain why that's funny.

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