I mean for example people like the hostel caretaker, the cook at the workplace, the taxi driver, the milkman etc.

What can we call all these people? I meant to say that we need to have a good conduct with these kind of people. But how can we refer them?

  • Try 'acquaintances': "a person with whom one has been in contact but who is not a close friend" (Collins English Dictionary)
    – JEL
    Oct 8, 2016 at 8:33
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    @JEL Hi, I don't think it's a proper word for it. These people need not be the people whom I already knew and so, are not acquaintance. These are the people with whom we interact for getting a service - like taxi driver, people working in restaurants, servants etc. I, once heard a word for it. But I can not recall it now.
    – GP92
    Oct 8, 2016 at 8:36
  • @JeevanPatnaik do you mean specific people? Like Jeff, the milkman who comes every day or just any service personnel? I edited the questions to refine tags. It would be good if you included an example sentence and clarify exactly whom you are talking about.
    – Helmar
    Oct 8, 2016 at 10:27
  • Anyone from whom we get services. Eg: customer care or a taxi driver. We may or may not pay to them.
    – GP92
    Oct 8, 2016 at 11:04
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    They are the hostel caretaker, the cook at the workplace, the taxi driver, and the milkman. Why do you need to throw them into a single pot?
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 9, 2016 at 18:00

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Service industry workers. Or service sector, tertiary sector, service economy, etc. Lots of overlap with pink-collar workers though that term is IMO kind of dated (they've come a long way, baby). If you're a Downton Abbey type, it's the hired help or just the help and you're not supposed to mingle with them, let alone marry. If you're a real jerk it's the little people. Lots of denigrating synonyms. :-(

P.S. Who still has a milkman nowadays??



This has some connotations of 19th and 20th Century class conflicts but its definition is as follows:

A member of the working class or lower class.

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