The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Any Ideas?

I learn from a member of Court staff that it has been deemed 'inappropriate' to use the word 'ladies' (but 'gentlemen' is okay, it seems). 'Girls' has been out for some time now.

So if I walk into a room full of persons of a different gender to my own, how do I start off?

"Good Morning, Women"?

"Hi, guys"? (I really hate that)

"Yo, bitches" while being street-smart could cause offence.

What do I do?