Wait a Minute, Wait a Minute
was the first number one hit for Motown and for the Marvelettes. First released
August 21, 1961 on Motown’s Tamla Records, Mr.
Postman was covered by many others, including The Beatles in 1963. A
little trivia quiz: can you name the other group that took Please Mr. Postman back
to number one on the charts in 1975? (Answer at the end of the Etiquette Tip).
Now that we both have that
song in our head the rest of the day, ("…
Mr. Po-oh-oh-oh-ostman…whoa yeah!") we'll get down to the
business of this week's Etiquette Tip, which is a reminder that we no longer
use the term "postman" but instead, use the gender neutral
"postal carrier" or "mail carrier," to reflect our diverse
Positions previously populated
by men, now accommodate everyone:
Policeman is now Police
Fireman is now Firefighter
Salesman is now Sales
person or Sales
Handyman is now Maintenance
Garbageman is now Waste
collector or Sanitation
or Waste management engineer
In some cases, the
"man" was dropped:
Chairman became Chair
Anchorman became Anchor
positions have also have changed:
Waitress has become Wait
person or Server
Stewardess has become Flight
Secretaries are referred to as Assistants
A man who is a nurse is not a
"male nurse." He's a nurse.
(And all nurses rock!)
The answer to the trivia
question above: The Carpenters took Please
Mr. Postman to number one in the 70s. (You have to appreciate a
band led by a woman who played the drums.)
Remember to use the
gender-neutral terms for professions. And gently remind your parents, too.
June is African American
Music Month, so before it's over, give the Marvelette's version of Mr. Postman a listen.
Theirs really was the best version.
Culture and Manners Institute