Funny how the same word or phrase can be interpreted both ways depending on who you’re talking to.
I was taught to respect my elders. This includes, but is certainly not limited to, addressing men as “sir” and women as “ma’am.” Sometimes I do it without even thinking, it’s so ingrained in my manners.
I think you’d be hard pressed to find a man who took any offense at being called “sir,” though I”m sure it happens. People are weird and kooky and just because I don’t have a problem with it doesn’t mean that’s the way it should be for everyone yes it does my opinion is all that matters I’m now testing you to see how closely you’re reading.
ANYWAY, it’s a much different story when it comes to calling a woman “ma’am.” Apparently, some women take offense at it as it makes them feel old. Older than they are anyway, or older than they look, maybe, is their feeling? Even when spoken out of respect, women apparently don’t like to be reminded of their age, ever, by anyone, especially younger women. Is that an archaic idea? Have things progressed? I think I established in an earlier post that I really have no grasp of the way things are with women these days, further evidenced by the fact I am divorced and single.
All that said, out of the handful of women I personally asked, only one of them said she takes offense at being called “ma’am.” When I asked what she would prefer to be called instead, she had no answer. That’s cheating in my book!
Dear (female) readers, what do you think? Obviously the poll question isn’t really for the dudes who slum around here, what guy is going to make a comment about a woman’s age? Maybe a married one? HA. Sorry married guys, but you know darn well you have less to lose than us single guys. You’re already not getting any, amirite? Sorry again, that took a turn I wasn’t expecting. Damn, I crack myself up.