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Hello Friends,

In conversations, we hear 'comrade' thrown about. But is there some equivalent that can be used when women are talking? Something friendly that women call each other?

Thanks so much.

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anonymousIn conversations, we hear 'comrade' thrown about.

Not in my conversations! In the UK at least, "comrade", as a way of addressing another person, is associated with communists, and has negative or comical connotations for many people. It is not used in most ordinary conversations, except humorously or facetiously.

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Thanks, I understand. But is there some friendly term that women use while talking to each other?

anonymousBut is there some equivalent that can be used when women are talking?

There is no obvious reason why women can't use that word.

anonymous

Thanks, I understand. But is there some friendly term that women use while talking to each other?

I can only answer for the UK. I can't think of a general-purpose term that you could safely use in any friendly situation. Some people (both men and women) use "love" or "dear" as friendly terms to women. Other words such as "pet" and "duck" exist in some regions. These terms are lower register and/or regional, and are used only by a subset of the population. I do not recommend that you attempt to use any of them yourself if you are not already familiar with how and where they may be appropriate.

In the UK, the word "mate" (also lower register) is very common among certain sections of the male population, and occasionally I also hear that used by women or to women, but this feels strange to me.

Things will be different in other English-speaking countries.

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anonymousThere is no obvious reason why women can't use that word.

In the UK at least, there are clear and strong reasons why both men and women should normally avoid using that word as a term of address.