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    Maid Servant or Maid

    out of following which one is correct :

    Maid Servant or
    Maid

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    Re: Maid Servant or Maid

    In North America, these are more common: domestic help, housekeeper.

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    Re: Maid Servant or Maid

    Quote Originally Posted by amitsinghal89 View Post
    out of following which one is correct :

    Maid Servant or
    Maid
    Hi, amitsinghal89!

    I agree with Soup's post.

    However, to answer your specific question, I would use 'Maid' instead of 'Maid Servant'. The word 'servant' in this example is redundant.

    Cheers,
    Amigo

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    Re: Maid Servant or Maid

    There's a word maidservant, which means a woman servant, but it's most likely an obsolete word - at least I haven't come across its use.
    The original meaning of maid is an unmarried girl or woman. This meaning has broaded, thus the meaning of a female sevant. It sounds redundant if you add servant to it, just as amigos4 stated.

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    Re: Maid Servant or Maid

    Quote Originally Posted by amitsinghal89 View Post
    out of following which one is correct :

    Maid Servant or
    Maid
    Please give the context in which you want to use it.

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    Re: Maid Servant or Maid

    There is also a "man servant," which is a male personal assistant.

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    Re: Maid Servant or Maid

    'Servant' is seldom used nowadays as it sounds rather demeaning.

    Maid/domestic help is more common.
    Housekeeper or butler sound even dignified.

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    Re: Maid Servant or Maid

    Quote Originally Posted by amitsinghal89 View Post
    out of following which one is correct :

    Maid Servant or
    Maid
    When I lived in India my landlord asked if I wanted a servant or maidservant to clean my flat, I politely declined.

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    #9

    Re: Maid Servant or Maid

    Not a teacher

    The above discussion is about usage of English in India, the term Maid-servant is used for Hindi term "Kamwali bai", which means a woman who works as a dmoestic help in the middle class families, where she is cleaning utensils(bartan manjana:Hindi), sweeps the house(Jhadu Lagana :Hindi), mops the house(ponchha lagana : Hindi), Kapde dhona(washing clothes : Hindi) etc.
    The common term in Western India for such lady is Kamwali bai in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi etc.

    The term being used by Middle class families, who are using English terms now-a-days for Hindi counterpart is very common in India.
    thus:
    Maid-servant is used for "Kamwali bai"
    Servant or peon is used for "naukar or chaprasi"
    Guard is used for "Chokidar" etc.
    Thus the term has been adopted to Indian usage as Maid shows she is bai(woman) and servant means one who is doing aforementioned household shores.

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