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Do you get offended...


when people call you ma'am?
Jun 27, 2010 @ 06:24 pm

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I really dislike when people call me that. I also don't like being referred to as "lady".
Jun 27, 2010 @ 10:03 pm


When people refer to me as 'maam', I tell them not to, directly, so they have no doubt in their minds that I do NOT like it. It doesn't offend me, it just sounds so 1800s and something you would say to somebody who is 80 years old, maybe.
Jun 28, 2010 @ 05:48 pm


I don't get offended, it's just a way of using manners to call someone but I do feel weird. I'm a young mom and wife and my husband served 5 years for the US Marine Corps and they always have to use Ma'am and Sir. I still don't get use to it and feels weird, even when they call me Mrs. H...& "lady" would make me feel older
Jun 28, 2010 @ 05:58 pm
Ali de Bold

I hate the term

It makes me feel old and crochety. I'd rather be called 'Miss'
Jun 29, 2010 @ 04:18 pm

no problemo

I'm with Jovanna on this one - I see it as a show of good manners. Do I particularly like the word itself? No. But I feel that "Miss" is a little too young for me, and I don't prefer "Lady". Don't even get me started on "Mrs. ____" - that makes me feel like my Mom-in-law.

I myself call people Ma'am or Sir, but I do live in the US South and it's extremely common - in fact, it's almost rude to skip the title.
Jun 30, 2010 @ 12:17 am

Ok, sure..........it's polite..........

I just find it really grates on me. Same as if somebody was running their fingernails down a chalkboard haha :-) And yes, I guess it would depend on where you live, for sure. In some areas, it would be expected as common, everyday good manners.

Here in the Lower Mainland, it's out of place and out of date. IMO But yeah, what are they supposed to call me then? 'Hey you?' LOL There aren't many choices.

What gets me is when people refer to my husband as my friend, or 'buddy'. He's 33 years old, for the love of god, but he looks 18. He constantly gets IDd trying to buy cigarettes, or anything else that has a legal age limit. When I say to people, 'That's not my friend, it's my husband', like I said to the waitress that was flirting with him, and when she asked 'What would your friend like to drink?' when he was in the bathroom, she almost died LOL She suddenly realized she was hitting on my husband, right in front of me hahaha :-) Needless to say, she was afraid to even look at him after that! LOL

Farging funny :-)
Jun 30, 2010 @ 05:05 am

I don't like it

I really don't like being called ma'am. I know it's polite but it just makes me feel like an old lady! 'Lady' is ok, but I still I prefer 'miss.'
Jun 30, 2010 @ 11:17 am

miss vss ma'am

I see what mamaluv is saying, ma'am can be just to show a sign of respect. what is worse, if you are called ma'am and in your early twenties...,.. that does suck!!! but the person could have just been tying to be respectful
Jul 13, 2010 @ 08:56 pm

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