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Do you understand what I am trying to say???? Hi, yes, it was probably the context. Not sure I do, Ronjy, but I wonder if she thought she was too "young" to be called "ma'am" by someone. That is the problem how you address women without concerning of her age or status???? Miss is an old terminology which has recently become "politically incorrect.
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I personally reserve the use of "Ma'am" for women older than myself, as a way of respecting one's elders. Lancearoni said:. Unless they look over 40, it's "Miss". At worst you're implying that they look younger than they are. Can you use "Ms. But I am sure one of them is polite and not based on their age I know that is not a problem if you think they are younger but there should be something that don't look in their age. I would never call a 5-year-old girl "madam". I can't imagine a circumstance where that would even enter my head.
Girls under the age of 18 are always "miss" As for the issue of how to address a woman if you are asking her to leave, technically it's impolite to say, "Come out.
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If you are just holding the door for the woman, the safest thing to do would be to just hold the door open and be quiet. A five-year-old may be a Miss, but many a one is 'a proper little Madam'! I've never had a butler and never been a butler, but I do know that even boys are referred to as "master", rather than "mister" So I would expect that even butlers would shudder at calling a little girl "madam".
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I beleive the reference your are talking of is "To Kill A Mockingbird". The "ma'am" was a Mayella Ewell.. Who in her standard day to day life.. Was usually looked down on by the other people in the town, therefore never being called ma'am or miss. Harry Batt Senior Member Minneapolis.
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But as a form of address, it is used differently: N. Use 'miss' on enough women, and one of them will eventually complain you're being pert. Use 'madam' on enough women, and one will eventually take umbrage at your implying she is of advanced years. One is best advised to avoid that whole snake pit and refer to everyone, male and female alike, as 'sugar'.
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I don't think I've ever seen ma'am as a written form of address. Can anyone come up with credible examples? Here is one credible example pdf. It took me years to write, will you take a look? Malvolio Malvolio Is that "hostess" to mean I'll never be able to watch commercials for Hostess Twinkies and Cupcakes the same way.
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Mitch, the meaning that would most upset a women who just meant to throw a party. Malvolio: ok, but does 'hostess' then mean brothel manager or just plain 'rostitute, or some other specific meaning? Mitch -- I'm not going to ask why exactly you need to know. I'm not any sort of expert myself, but it seemed to me that in the US, the "madam" has a purely executive role while the Korean "room-salon" hostess is what you might call a hands-on manager.
More specific than that, you'll have to investigate for yourself. Report back.
The Raven The Raven How does the use of "sir" and "ma'am" in the military compare to civilian use? One presumes military lingo accords with tradition and obeys it's own trajectory, which occasionally intersects with civilian argot. Ngrams only show the usage in literature - which can be a bit selective. Not sure what you would call a knighted owner of a brothel in BE - possibly "Madam ma'am"? Perhaps "Mdm Madam"? Gen Gen 29 1 1 bronze badge. If you take offence when none is given and when indeed people are trying their best to be polite to you, then you are just setting yourself up for trouble.
Why would you do that? There are things you can very easily say in Australia that would be unimaginable in certain other countries. Anonym Anonym Featured on Meta. Like this: Like Loading Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Email required Address never made public.
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