Woman or Lady?

April 21, 2008 10:43am CST
What do you call an adult person of the female gender? Today I was just wondering... I remember that I was always told "woman" was impolite, however, I wonder if this differs around the wordl? So, what do you think? Do you say "that lady across the road" or "the woman across the road"? And why? Is it impolite for you to say "woman"?
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6 responses
• United States
22 Apr 08
I use the terms interchangably. I don't see a problem with either of the words. I think it just depends on how you use them and the other words you use with them. If you are using insulting words, either of the terms could be insulting.
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22 Apr 08
Thanks for the response! =] Those are some very valid points! Happy mylotting ^^ xx
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@megumiart (3781)
• United States
21 Apr 08
I've never thought about this before. I've always said "lady" just because I liked the sound of it better than "woman."
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22 Apr 08
Hehe, I agree! I might say "woman" as in "she is a very strong woman" but I won't say "that woman" but rather "that lady" as it sounds nicer too, hehe =]
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21 Apr 08
I think I would call an older woman (as in grandmother age) a lady. In my mind, for some reason, I think of my mother as being a woman. I think it also depends on the person. When I think "lady" I don't necessarily think rich, but I do think of someone with class and style. When I think "woman", I think of inner strength and determination. I guess we can all be both.
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22 Apr 08
thanks for your response, I can see what you mean ^^
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@bbsr13 (4198)
• India
21 Apr 08
Hello,citrusemma,.....It would be right to call an adult woman as adult lady.can you call,hello,woman .... No,rather you say hello lady or hello madam.thanx.
21 Apr 08
I agree with you very much! =]
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@paid2write (5202)
21 Apr 08
I think it is considered a bit old fashioned to call someone a 'lady' now because it goes back to the times when a 'lady' was supposed to be superior to a 'woman'. We don't often refer to 'gentlemen' either. We are all men and women now, regardless of how rich or poor we are.
21 Apr 08
I suppose so, but it just seems natural and polite! I would call ALL people "lady", not deliberately call somebody less well-off something else!
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
21 Apr 08
I don't think that calling somebody a woman (versus calling them a lady) is disrespectful at all. Any female is a woman, just like a man is a man...it's a gender issue. However, one can be a woman without ever being a 'lady', just as much as a man can be a man without ever qualifying as a 'gentleman.' Every female is a woman, but there are lots of women who I wouldn't consider calling a lady if my life depended on it.
22 Apr 08
Thank you for your response! =]
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