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Old 01-03-2018, 04:48 AM
 
Location: Dayton, OH
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I think the article is right in that at 62 I don't feel old, and don't feel being referred to as old is a trustworthy description of who I am. I follow this blogger and anti-ageism advocate.
https://thischairrocks.com/?q=blog

I am an older, which means I am older than someone younger
The retired USAF pastor who officiated at my wedding many years ago used to like to say that middle age was halfway between your current age and 100.

At 62, you won't even be middle aged until you hit 81. :-)
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Old 01-03-2018, 05:49 AM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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I think the article is right in that at 62 I don't feel old, and don't feel being referred to as old is a trustworthy description of who I am. I follow this blogger and anti ageism advocate.
https://thischairrocks.com/?q=blog

I am an older, which means I am older than someone younger

You are right, I am 72, almost 73, and I do not feel old. But, boy, all of those people I graduated with sure did get old !
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Old 01-03-2018, 08:50 AM
 
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Mr, sir, sweetie, honey ...
It doesn't matter what they call me because I'm still not going to give them any money.
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Old 01-03-2018, 10:21 AM
 
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In search of a word that won't offend old people


I don't get it. How about using someone's name when you address him?
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Old 01-03-2018, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Georgia
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How about just a respectful....lady, gentleman. Why is an age reference always necessary?
I'm with you on this one. I guess they could still call us Baby Boomers, although calling a 61 year old man or woman a "baby" of any kind is slightly ridiculous. Funny how "middle-aged" has slid up the last 50 years. It used to be 40-50. Nowadays, it's getting up to the 60's. Have to admit, though, I do enjoy getting carded for senior discounts, which is funny, because it irritates the hell out of me to be carded for alcohol!
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Old 01-03-2018, 11:07 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Retired, senior, old, elderly…all are fine with me. I just don’t care for “cute” names which are used as alternatives.
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Old 01-03-2018, 12:23 PM
 
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This is a very interesting discussion because I am a senior who works with a 20-something woman who insists on calling me "Miss Sharon" -- (not my real name, btw) -- and I very much dislike it -- maybe because I am older and married and/or maybe it is because the only other person who did this was an older black woman who I supervised a LONG time ago. When she called me "Miss Sharon", it just brought to mind how the slaves addressed "Miss Scarlett" in Gone With the Wind -- it just made me uncomfortable, like she was being too subservient to me. Anyway, I am as certain as I can be that both the 20-something and the other woman addressing me as "Miss Sharon" is/was just a sign of respect, but I just have never liked being addressed that way. (However, I do realize that different people are brought up with different ideas as to what is polite, so in both cases, I just kept my mouth shut, while inwardly grimacing.)

I just think that either everyone should be on a first-name basis (only) with everyone, or that everyone should be on a formal Mr. or Ms. basis with everyone. -- UNLESS we are talking about kids talking to adults, which I think is a different subject.
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Old 01-03-2018, 01:59 PM
 
Location: NNV
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"Young". No reason to be politically correct.
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Old 01-03-2018, 02:17 PM
 
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"Old *****" would be accurate for the oldster I am becoming.
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Old 01-03-2018, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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I don't get it. How about using someone's name when you address him?
If you're in a business establishment, how is someone going to know your name? Osmosis? And I know a whole lot of people (me included) absolutely hate it when strange cashiers and clerks who get names off those silly cards call them by their first names like they're old friends.

But you're right, calling someone Mr. So-and-so or Mrs. Smith works well.

Until you call someone a Mrs. and she's a Miss or worse, a Ms. Then you're in big trouble again. I've seen it happen.

(And don't flame me for this post - I happen to be a feminist who couldn't care less if I'm called Miss or Ms.)
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