I’ve had a lot of customers lately tell me “Thanks boss” or “Sup boss” and not only to me, to other coworkers and to each other and my coworkers say it to people too.

Is there some sort of origin for using “boss” like this?

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  • Where are you living and working? "Boss" has been used as a more casual alternative to "sir" (and to some extent "madam") for many years in the UK. I've never heard "sup" in this context, though. – BoldBen Jun 17 at 18:22
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    Eh, what's up, Doc? youtu.be/pwLn_His9Yw – Hot Licks Jun 17 at 18:25
  • @BoldBen i work in ohio. could be regional? – jacoballens Jun 17 at 18:31
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    Boss as a hailname / faux intimate / familiarizer has been around for years. As to whether it's becoming more popular where you are or whether you are simply noticing it more is anyone's guess. – choster Jun 17 at 18:50
  • It would be helpful if you said where you live, and from where you hail. – Hot Licks Jun 17 at 19:06

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