How you goin, MATE?

Xiao   Fri Jun 01, 2007 11:50 am GMT
"How you goin, MATE?"

I often hear this greeting from Australians. Brits use "mate" too.

Does "mate" refer only to males or could it refer to females as well?
Damian in Edinburgh   Fri Jun 01, 2007 2:00 pm GMT
It's mostly a male to male thing, and can be a wee bit class based as well - or at least it used to be by all accounts. Now it's pretty much used right across the spectrum of social standing. I wouldn't be surprised if the two Royal Princes Willam and Harry call each other "mate". One of the male radio presenters on the very middle class station BBC Radio Five Live uses "mate" when addressing other males. No way would he use it with a female, but it's not unknown for it to be used in a male to female context in certain circumstances, but it would be rare.

On TalkSport Radio (an independent radio station with a very "laddish/blokeish" target audience) "mate" is by far the most usual form of address between all participating's de rigueur on TalkSport from TalkSport Towers (as they like to call their studios base - actually a pretty humdrum office/studio complex in a humdrum street close to Blackfriars Bridge over the Thames on London's South Bank.

Have a great weekend! yay!
Xiao   Sat Jun 02, 2007 8:28 am GMT
Thanks a lot there, mate! I appreciate it.

But I wonder if "mate" is ever used by a FEMALE to address a MALE?
peter   Sat Jun 02, 2007 12:35 pm GMT
I use it for females
Uriel   Sat Jun 02, 2007 6:39 pm GMT
I heard a female character address a male as "mate" in an Australian movie once, so I assume it can go the other way.
Pub Lunch   Sat Jun 02, 2007 7:17 pm GMT
Lots of women use mate in my neck of the woods, or at least the working class and below do, being from Basildon basically that means all of us:( .
Uriel   Sun Jun 03, 2007 1:18 am GMT
Nothing wrong with working for a living, PL. Happens to the best of us! ;P
Rick Johnson   Sun Jun 03, 2007 6:57 am GMT
Anyone you may regard as a friend you could call "mate" although it is usually directed towards males.
Xiao   Sun Jun 03, 2007 8:06 am GMT
<<Anyone you may regard as a friend you could call "mate" although it is usually directed towards males>>

I've seen most friendly Australians calling "mate" to just about any guys they meet, even strangers on the streets.
Guest   Sun Jun 03, 2007 9:03 pm GMT
I have even heard Aussie cricketers saying to each other as "matey" on the playground!

it is a man thing.
Andy   Wed Jun 06, 2007 5:51 pm GMT
Round my way "mate" doesn't have to be someone you like. Quite often you get two blokes squaring up to each other and calling each other mate.
Kess   Wed Jun 06, 2007 6:14 pm GMT
it sounds ''might'' when Australians pronounce it

hi mate
[hoy might]