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    Quote Originally Posted by Idris View Post
    I like saying ma'am. It breaks the bitch forcefield.

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    Darn couldnt see the video what is it? And Mister....dont you dare call me ma'am.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Einnas View Post
    I am glad we do not have that problem in Denmark. But it is going to be weird for me when going to UK
    You aren't likely to be troubled by being called "Ma'am" in the UK. No one has said "Madam" since the early fifties either...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgan Le Fay View Post
    You aren't likely to be troubled by being called "Ma'am" in the UK. No one has said "Madam" since the early fifties either...
    Nor in Australia, sometimes i'll get "miss" but never "ma'am" - as it's just not a UK or Australian saying, sometimes i'll hear an older lady addressed as "madam" and gentleman as "Sir" but not often..

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    In the U.S., Ma'am is the equivalent of Sir. The circumstances and prevalence of use are regional to some degree. "Miss" is archaic, unless for a small girl.A bank teller once wrote to an advice column asking how to address teenage girls who came to her window, to deposit their babysitting money. The reply was, "any female old enough to transact her own banking is old enough to be called ma'am". I agreed with that then, and still do. Of course, we could follow the lead of some of the Star Trek movies and call everyone Sir, but that would probably lead to other objections.

    In some areas, Miss is used with the first name as a polite way for children to address familiar adults, same with Mister. But Miss Emily and Mister Mark can be 20 years old, or 80 - doesn't matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coriolis View Post
    In the U.S., Ma'am is the equivalent of Sir. The circumstances and prevalence of use are regional to some degree. "Miss" is archaic, unless for a small girl.A bank teller once wrote to an advice column asking how to address teenage girls who came to her window, to deposit their babysitting money. The reply was, "any female old enough to transact her own banking is old enough to be called ma'am". I agreed with that then, and still do.

    In some areas, Miss is used with the first name as a polite way for children to address familiar adults, same with Mister. But Miss Emily and Mister Mark can be 20 years old, or 80 - doesn't matter.
    Yeah, this is my experience. Though when I lived in NYC, I would get called "Miss" by itself by strangers. "Excuse me, Miss, you dropped something," etc. In the South, I mostly only hear "Miss" in conjunction with my name, i.e., "Ask Miss Tallulah if you can pet her dog."
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    I think people who get offended by the word "ma'am" don't deserve to have me address them with any type of respect. But to save myself from the possible rant they'll go on, I just refer to every woman as "miss".
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    I'm from the South and people have been calling me ma'am - either jokingly or really - since I was a kid. Everyone is ma'am to the more old-fashioned types there.

    I think miss is more of an insult - it's condecending, like something you say to a very young girl, like a girl in high school.

    Are you afraid of being perceived as old? Why does ma'am bother you? It's nothing more than a basic formality in the service industry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haight View Post
    It's a regional issue. It is also an issue of one's culture. Additionally, it's used, and taught to be used, in military households.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebe View Post
    Don't Miss or Ma'am me. If you're older, you may Sweetie me. If you're younger or my age, just call out Hello or Excuse me. Miss/Ma'am is so Gone With the Wind. I don't like it.
    Y'all ain't gonna like me, ma'am.

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