I don’t know about you but hearing someone call me by that irks me. Hearing those words, I instantly think its termed for a specific age group or individual.
Or worst of all, someone who is really fed up with you. Picture this in a crowded airport – “SIR! You can not go over there.” “Ma’am, wait your turn.”
Does that sound friendly to you? No, and you normally go from the proper name to a SIR or Ma’am when that individual is going against your direction.
So much to my surprise it happened to me, and it wasn’t even in person.
It was through a support chat.
This technician was resolving some issue with my laptop and went from asking questions without stating my proper name to then calling me MA’AM.
I addressed him with SIR. And said listen, I’m not a ma’am and in fact my actual name is brittany and that is all I wish to be addressed by.
Glad I got that cleared up and he committed to fixing my computer.
Do any of you feel the same way? How often are you ever called Ma’am or Sir?