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The word boy should be used only in reference to male children or youths.

  • The boys, aged 7 and 9, had collected six jars full of loonies to pay for their trip to the Calgary Stampede.

Avoid using boy in job or position titles. Opt for gender-neutral language instead: e.g. cabana attendant, not cabana boy; mail clerk, not mail boy; newspaper carrier, not paperboy; water carrier, not water boy.

  • I always tip the newspaper carrier (not paperboy) at Christmas.
  • The busser (or table attendant; not busboy) cleared the dishes from the vacated tables.