When talking to friends and family about another man, I use the term "bloke". As in "There's a bloke on the train who gets right on my tits." Or "He's a nice bloke." Or "The bloke's a wanker."
But things are different in a work situation. I can't say "The bloke from the bank rang back about direct debits."
I can't say "guy" because I'm 47 and English.
I can't say "man" because I'd sound like a child.
So I end up saying "chap". I sound like a Royal.
I don't like it and I'd never say "He's a jolly nice chap," but what else do I call these people?
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