Monika wrote:Not sure about the "champ" thing, in the US I heard a cis woman being called champ (for not complaining about an unavoidable unpleasant situation ... kind of fits with dentistry)
Outside of the context of referring to someone who is actually the reigning champion of something significant*, we'd generally make a distinction between calling someone a
champ ("You were a real champ for coming in to bail us out on your day off," etc) and using champ as a sort of nickname in the same vein as buddy, except more condescending, like calling them killer, or big guy, or sport.
It's the sort of thing you'd call a ten year old boy, because at that age they generally don't understand the irony (see also: the original Bugs Bunny use of Nimrod for Elmer Fudd, before people who didn't get the joke warped its meaning). Calling an adult that is demeaning. Calling an adult woman
that is both demeaning and at best ignoring the (male-) gendered connotation of the nickname.
*For this usage, I'm particularly envisioning a press conference before a big boxing match, and a reporter asking a question like "Champ, you've been preparing for this fight for months. How are you going to blah blah blah blah?" In that context, it's being used deferentially.