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- 1974 October, Lois W. Parker, “Lingua Ex Machina”, The South Central Bulletin, volume 34, number 3, JSTOR 3188736, page 74:
- waiter — waitress: waitron
- 1980, Michael Mariotte, Diana Quinn, Dave Wells, “Washingtron” (song), Tru Fax and the Insaniacs:
- I used to work as a waitron / in the lounge of the Hiltron / Now I work for my senatron / and I live in Arlingtron
- 1985 April 8, Douglas R. Hofstadter, Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern, New York: Basic Books, ISBN 9780465045402, page 144:
- "Server" is not so bad, and nowadays I don't object to "waitron", although the first time I heard it, it sounded very odd.
- 1989, Anne Bernays, Professor Romeo, ISBN 9781555842185, OL 2055659M:
- Inside the Brasserie, a noisy place two blocks from the Harvard Yard and favored by senior faculty members, Barker ordered a whiskey from a woman who claimed to be “Marie. I’m your waitron today.”
- 1991 July 28, “The Waitron's Knife and Fork”, The New York Times, ISSN 0362-4331:
- The new Random House dictionary recognizes, for instance, womyn, "an alternative spelling to avoid the suggestion of sexism perceived in the sequence m-e-n." And waitron, intended as a neutral alternative for waiter/waitress.
- 1992 June 27, Julian May, Jack the Bodiless, Knopf, ISBN 9780679409502, OL 1567595M:
- With adolescent perversity, he turned up his nose at all of the elegant French items on the Closerie's menu and scandalized the waitron by demanding corned-beef hash—fried extra crisp—with poached eggs, a slice of fresh papaya with lime, banana-walnut bread, and a pitcher of Mexican chocolate.
- 1993 September, Elaine J. Hall, “Waitering/Waitressing: Engendering the Work of Table Servers”, Gender and Society, volume 7, number 3, JSTOR 189797, page 344:
- One waiter at the Elegant Nouveau stated that “waitron is fairly common among people in the business ... more of a humorous description,” and another waiter at the Trendy Café talked about the mechanistic connotation as appropriate for the repetitive and rountinized service in high-volume, middle-prestige restaurants.
- 1994 February, Evelyn Peterson, “How NC Are You?”, Spy, page 62:
- There's that uneasy silence that settles over almost every boozer-friendly social occasion when the waitron asks if it can bring something from the bar.
- 1995 January 24, Janis Ian, “Mr. Lesbian Squeaks”, The Advocate, ISSN 0001-8996, page 806:
- She grinned maliciously and flagged down a waitron.
- 1999 June 28, Julian May, Perseus Spur: An Adventure of The Rampart Worlds, Del Rey, ISBN 9780345395108, OL 9851303M, page 287:
- A lepidodermoid waitron, who had been until recently a gracile technician in the secret demiclone lab, offered refreshments to the important humans visiting the huge establishment.
- 2003 January 17, Kakutani, Michiko, “Books of the Times: Why Your Waitron Can Serve Brunch but Not Linner”, The New York Times, ISSN 0362-4331:
- Why did server as a gender-neutral term for waiter or waitress prevail over waitron?
- 2004 June 9, Luke, Anthony, “PC Menu [letter]”, Daily Telegraph, ISSN 0307-1235:
- Sir - On a visit to South Africa recently, I was taken aback by the menu at a restaurant my wife and I visited in the Western Cape. It said: "If you have any requirements that do not appear on the menu, please ask your waitron."
- 2004 September 28, Tracey Dalton, The Food and Beverage Handbook, Lansdowne: Juta and Company Ltd., ISBN 9780702166396, OL 7774255M, page 48:
- Table Service is the combined interaction between the guest and the waitron whilst seated at a table in the establishment's restaurant.
- 2008 February 1, Jenny Ratcliffe-Wright, Spit Or Swallow: A Guide for the Wine Virgin, Lansdowne: Double Storey, ISBN 9781770130616, OL 25421828M, page 89:
- If your wine waitron smells the cork, s/he's probably a beginner at this game because you can tell absolutely nothing by smelling the cork.
- 2010 May 10, Cowen, Sam, “Jo'burg and London, relatively speaking”, Daily Telegraph, ISSN 0307-1235:
- Come back here with your cut glass, posh English accent and waitrons everywhere will melt at your feet.