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In English, woman is not the same as wife. I would think that it would be so in many languages because of a woman's historical status, that being what she was meant for.
I would never refer to my wife as "mi mujer". She would definitely slap me if I said it in front of her.
I don't usually mind being called "girl," but there are some contexts in which I do mind. In my opinion, it is offensive to call a women's college a "girls' school." The term "girl" with an African American inflection can be very affected and offensive when used by people imitating an African American accent/context; you have to know your listener very well before knowing whether it will be heard as an endearment or an insult. I avoid it for the same reason that I don't repeat ethnic jokes, although I think they are sometimes very funny when told in the right context by people poking fun at themselves and not at others. [jlc246, California]
I think the US may be different from any other country, because for a period of time (early 20th century?) "boy" and "girl" were terms used to address servants; not just black servants, but anyone who was in a subservient role. White people probably don't worry about it much these days (unless the terms are used as part of a command, i.e. "boy, take my bags up to my room") but black people CERTAINLY remember, and they have not gotten over it. [xrayspex, Flórida]
Girl: 11. old-fashioned a woman servant [Longman]
Well, as the majority of threads imply here, respect for the woman or women you are talking to should determine whether or not your refer to her or them as "girl(s)."
I rarely refer to any woman older than I as "girl"...usually I defer to the fact that they are my senior, and they deserve more respect than that....a lot like children half my age (or less) calling me by my first name. I guess if you are an adult, and you give someone (of any age) the right to refer to you in a diminuative way, that would have to be a mutually agreed upon decision.
Otherwise, the rules of respect should be in play. [JazzByChas, Texas]