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    Default Would calling a girl "ma'am" be considered a "smart" insult?

    Usually "ma'am" is considered a polite thing to say, but it also somewhat insinuate that the female is old.

    So it is smart in a sense that you can insult someone with it, and they probably won't take it as an insult even though it might hurt a little within.

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    It only works as sarcasm and sarcasm is the weapon of the weak.

    Thus it is neither smart nor much of an insult.
    The severity of verbal agressions lies much in the intent to hurt, over the hurtfulness itself.
    90% of all insults can be countered with "can you please act less childish".
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    i always say yes ma'am to a female i dont mean no harm by it

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    Did you just ask the forum a question and then answer it?

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    I've always thought it was weird and stupid how Ma'am is being taken as the person being old in the past couple of years, It's the same word as Sir but for women, yet i've never really seen that same stigma be applied to Sir(atleast not as bad), i'm 28 and get called sir frequently and also use it quite a bit in a formal manner, it seems like everyone has forgotten the meaning of ma'am.

    But no i don't see how it could be much of a insult.

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    "Ma'am, miss, madam, sir and etc." I don't ****ing care. I am trying to be polite here(!!!) and if you by some chance take offense then kindly go **** yourself.


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    this must be a 'murica thing. I think all they call women over here is "miss", like "excuse me miss". Then there's "bird", "chick", "babe", "treacle", "lass", "wench", "totty", "doll", "slag", "sket"...

    Yeah I don't think calling someone "ma'am" is going to offend them.

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    I answered it based on my own views. I also want other people's views on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z0MBiE View Post
    this must be a 'murica thing. I think all they call women over here is "miss", like "excuse me miss". Then there's "bird", "chick", "babe", "treacle", "lass", "wench", "totty", "doll", "slag", "sket"...

    Yeah I don't think calling someone "ma'am" is going to offend them.
    In America, miss is used for young ladies (children and teens). Ms (pronounced mizz)is used for an adult single women. Ma'am for "older" women (married or single), but at the end of a sentence, question, etc... Mrs for married women.

    Because Ma'am is usually used to refer to women who are older and in positions of power that deserve respect (ie judges, police officers, teachers, etc...), if you use the correct tone, you can imply that you're saying that the person is old (which most women seem to be bothered by their age), or that they're to strict/no fun.

    If you just say it with a normal tone, most women will take it as you being polite. Some psychos will say something like, "I'm only XX years old, I'm not a ma'am yet!" or something, but they're not the norm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ApocaRUFF View Post
    In America, miss is used for young ladies (children and teens). Ms (pronounced mizz)is used for an adult single women. Ma'am for "older" women (married or single), but at the end of a sentence, question, etc... Mrs for married women.
    In the southern part of the united states, speaking mainly of Georgia as that is where I was born, ma'am is used for all women of all ages and is the most polite thing you can say. Holding a door open for a young lady? "Here you go, ma'am." Seeing an old lady struggle to reach the top shelve? "Let me help you, ma'am." Ma'am is breed into Georgian boys from a young age.

    I actually got into a conversation with a guy from Boston yesterday and he mentioned how most women in the north react poorly to being called ma'am. Suggested that when I visit I call women--of any age--miss instead.
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    Growing up in a military family, you learn to ma'am and sir at a young age. It's just stuck with me and anyone that thinks its an insult or tries to use it as one is an idiot.

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    I say yes sir,no sir and yes ma'am,no ma'am to just about everyone. Never had a complaint. Most people take it as being polite. I had a few people from up North say they love the Southern politeness/hospitality thing. I live in Tennessee btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duby View Post
    i always say yes ma'am to a female i dont mean no harm by it
    yeah.. I agree with you.. there's no ohter what is meant to say " ma'am to lady.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sinnful View Post
    Growing up in a military family, you learn to ma'am and sir at a young age. It's just stuck with me and anyone that thinks its an insult or tries to use it as one is an idiot.
    So in the US they also say ma'am to preadolescent woman, eg. girls, which is the age of 0 up to 19, probably? That sounds just odd to me, but what do I know, it's a foreign language to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronin View Post
    So in the US they also say ma'am to preadolescent woman, eg. girls, which is the age of 0 up to 19, probably? That sounds just odd to me, but what do I know, it's a foreign language to me.
    The US is massive and different places do it different ways. In the midwest, where I live, it's miss to young women (kids, teens, 20-or so year olds), and then ma'am for adult women. If you wanted to make a woman feel young, you might call her miss, if she's young and you wanted to compliment her maturity you'd say ma'am.
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    No I don't think so.. This is actually reason.. Yeah, many of us may be feel more...

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    If someone feels insulted by what you've said, its an insult. Regardless of how you meant it.

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    I never liked the idea behind insulting people by pointing out that they're getting older or are old.
    OR someone being insulted when they're reminded of their age.
    They say with age comes wisdom and all that junk, so why should being older be such an insult?
    I guess it is for women because of the whole beauty and wrinkles and crap like that, and maybe with guys being bald...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lina View Post
    I never liked the idea behind insulting people by pointing out that they're getting older or are old.
    OR someone being insulted when they're reminded of their age.
    They say with age comes wisdom and all that junk, so why should being older be such an insult?
    I guess it is for women because of the whole beauty and wrinkles and crap like that, and maybe with guys being bald...?
    You don't need to be old to go bald as a guy. Sad people just cling to their last strands of hair not to be bald and end up looking like creepy pedos. Just go bald and embrace it dammit!
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    Quote Originally Posted by marcipaans View Post
    You don't need to be old to go bald as a guy. Sad people just cling to their last strands of hair not to be bold and end up looking like creepy pedos. Just go bald and embrace it dammit!
    I like that attitude.
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    Calling a ma'am here in our country is very common to a any woman if you didn't know this girl. It's a sign of respect instead of calling Miss or hey..

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    Quote Originally Posted by JigsawPuzzle View Post
    Calling a ma'am here in our country is very common to a any woman if you didn't know this girl. It's a sign of respect instead of calling Miss or hey..
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