for clarity - and the title "Barista"
I'd like to know what YOU think of the phrase...
if you're fine with 'barista' that's awesome - but that is not what I'm interested in; but how you feel about it... how do you perceive yourself in that title and how do you project yourself - in any title - toward the public from behind the bar? to your friends? to your colleagues? etc. etc.
can we be more than 'barista'?
I'm not talking about gender-role, I'm talking title; I'm not talking pay, I'm talking perception; I'm not talking about YOU, I'm talking WE.
it is the norm for women to be referred to in male occupational nouns, so perhaps the term "barista" is just what we need to "blur the lines".
but, then again, the word "barista" has been adopted into the english language and is no longer subject to the rules of the italian language. what letter the word ends with holds no special meaning in this language.
Well, I'm assuming the term is Italian, and we are not in Italy, so it's hard to say what anyone would be called in Italy, but here in America we all just stick to the plain terms of barista for an individual and baristas for a group of.
I am feeling less than 100% American these days, and have come to reject many of the generalizations that fill me with ire - "barista" has slowly, but surely, become one of those broad-sweeping terms that agitate my sense of personal sovereignty.
well, I am "at-risk-urban-youth" (j.k) - but it's in my nature to take what I perceive as public eminence and knock it down a peg to make it accessible while still delivering the goods at the top level...
... in regards to distinguishing myself from the idea of what "barista" means to the public connotation; the term "Espresso Slinger" is hypocritical - but it creates a jocular atmosphere that belies my serious coffee skillz...
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