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In English there are some words which just refer to men, like Sir, or just refer to women, like Madam.
Does flight attendant refer to women, men or both?

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It's gender-neutral so it refers to both. You'd be better asking this at the English Language Learners stack: ell.stackexchange.com –  Ste Aug 19 '13 at 13:09
    
english.stackexchange.com/questions/29323/… based on the link that is for both men and women –  alex Aug 19 '13 at 13:25
    
@moreroz That's correct! –  TrevorD Aug 19 '13 at 13:31
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It refers to both. Steward and stewardess are gendered and were historically more commonly used, especially in the period when the job was much more strongly associated with one sex or the other (at first a strictly male-only job, then later a strongly female-dominated job, before returning some way toward being more balanced). These days flight attendant, cabin attendant and cabin crew are preferred precisely because they aren't gendered terms.

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