No More "Comrades"



China's bus drivers and ticket sellers have been urged to leave Communism behind, with a new training manual instructing them to call travelers "sir" or "madam" instead of "comrade." "Old Comrade" is listed as the final possible choice of address for elderly travelers, but it comes after "elder master" and "elder sir."

The manual suggests forms of address ranging from "student" to the plain "passenger" for younger travelers, for whom comrade has a different gloss, as slang term for gay.

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