Getting Called Ma'am
March 6, 2018 5:59am CST
Yes, I keep getting called Ma’am. One of the male cashiers at the local grocery store keeps calling me that. Once in a while he will call me Mrs. But mostly it seems to be Ma’am. I know he is polite but it makes me feel old. Of course, I’ve been called a lot worse over the years. Next time, I might ask him to call me by my first name instead. He’s a young one so I understand why he does that. But it always makes me feel very old.
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• Oxford, England
On a visit to Nashville the children of the house were absolutely on pain of a paddling if they did not tcall the adults "Sir" and ""Ma' am." Coming from England where corporal punishment is Forbidden and we call a lot of older people by their first names this seems really very strange to me. I found it very difficult to get used to people saying it. It seems to be a cultural thing of the deep south of America and I suppose Nashville is the beginning of the South.
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
I've been called Ma'am quite a few times. It's just really strange. Especially since people will often say that I look so much younger than I really am. So, I'm not too sure how to take it, but I don't say anything. I'm sure it's not an insult. Although I probably would prefer being called miss, to be honest.
• United States
Oh see now I like to be called Ma am. It is very appropriate for me and always has been ever since I was young I never minded it. Once when I was waitressing there was a real batch who got mad becoz I called her Ma am. I said okay Sir, I wont call you Ma am anymore
• United States
If it makes you feel better people have been calling me ma'am since I was ten years old. I'm not kidding. I was always mistaken for being the teacher of my class, and I quit selling candy because when I was ten I kept getting asked out (super creepy). So basically I was old when I was young. Except you are not old. That guy might be like this family I know. The parents instilled manners in their kids, so they call their 14 year old babysitter ma'am. They even call their dad, sir.