Bitching Betty [...]

Airplane pilots process artificial female voices as “bitchy” and “nagging”, while male voices are seen as aggressive.

Bitching Betty is a slang term used by some pilots and aircrew (mainly North American), when referring to the voices used by some aircraft warning systems.

The enunciating voice, in at least some aircraft systems, may be either male or female and in some cases this may be selected according to pilot preference.[citation needed] If the voice is female it may be referred to as Bitching Betty; if the voice is male it may be referred to as Barking Bob.[citation needed] A female voice is heard on military aircraft such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon, the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Mikoyan MiG-29.[citation needed] A male voice is heard on Boeing commercial airliners and is also used in the BAE Hawk.

In the United Kingdom the term Nagging Nora is sometimes used, and in New Zealand the term used for Boeing aircraft is Hank the Yank. The voice warning system used on London Underground trains, which also uses a female voice, is known to some staff as Sonya as it “gets on ya nerves”.[1] (Source)


Bernie’s Motorcycle shows a political ramification of the desire of men to see women as “nags”.