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Old 09-30-2013, 05:24 AM
 
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I think the responses to this post are an excellent explanation of why Dallas isn't Southern. You don't hear much, at all, of Sir / Ma'am, Miss, Honey, Dear, etc spoken to adults from adults. It's either, use their first name or go with the very generic "Hello".

With children, yes, most respond to elders / adults with "sir" , "ma'am", or call adult friends of their parents (lets say named Amy Smith) by either Mrs Smith or Miss Amy. First names reserved for closer family friends; Mrs + Last Name for teachers, neighbors, parents of the kids' friends, etc.
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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I think the responses to this post are an excellent explanation of why Dallas isn't Southern. You don't hear much, at all, of Sir / Ma'am, Miss, Honey, Dear, etc spoken to adults from adults. It's either, use their first name or go with the very generic "Hello".

With children, yes, most respond to elders / adults with "sir" , "ma'am", or call adult friends of their parents (lets say named Amy Smith) by either Mrs Smith or Miss Amy. First names reserved for closer family friends; Mrs + Last Name for teachers, neighbors, parents of the kids' friends, etc.
This.

Greetings in Dallas are not different than anywhere else.
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:30 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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It would also be to your benefit to not address any female in a social setting as dear, babe, darling or sweetie, ever!
Good advice.

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Not used in Dallas! Have only heard it used by children speaking to familiar female adults in the deep south, which Texas is not.
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Erm wrong. I hear it all the time. Even my dentist calls me "Miss <my first name>". (She's from Texas.)
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Dallas TX & AL Gulf Coast
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Erm wrong. I hear it all the time. Even my dentist calls me "Miss <my first name>". (She's from Texas.)
I stand corrected then... instead of stating that it was "Not used in Dallas", I should have stated that I have not heard it used in Dallas, ever!
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:31 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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I stand corrected then... instead of stating that it was "Not used in Dallas", I should have stated that I have not heard it used in Dallas, ever!
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I heard it just this morning when I was leaving the house for work. My neighbor saw me, raised his hand, and said "Howdy Miss <my name>!"
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:31 AM
 
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Hmmm....I actually hear quite a lot of "sweetie" and "darling" and "hun". I guess it depends who it's coming from. Some people can just pull if off. The guy in the Starbucks drive-thru the other day said "Here ya go, beautiful" when he handed me my coffee. Made my day!

But mostly I hear "Hello", "Hi", "Good morning", "How are you?", etc.
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:30 PM
 
Location: San Antonio. Tx 78209
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I heard it just this morning when I was leaving the house for work. My neighbor saw me, raised his hand, and said "Howdy Miss <my name>!"
Just for curiosity sake were they black or Hispanic? To me it just comes off as antebellum, gone with the wind racial superiority BS.
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:39 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Just for curiosity sake were they black or Hispanic? To me it just comes off as antebellum, gone with the wind racial superiority BS.
Nope...white Protestants.
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Just for curiosity sake were they black or Hispanic? To me it just comes off as antebellum, gone with the wind racial superiority BS.
Growing up I called our close neighbor Miss (First Name). I still do to this day and I'm a late 20 year old white male.
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Old 09-30-2013, 03:11 PM
 
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Not Dallas or Texas specific, but No matter where I am I always call people whom I do not know Sir or Ma'am.

If I DO know them and am responding to them I will still used Sir or Ma'am IF:

They are older than me.
They are in a position senior to mine or a position of authority in that instance.

Foe instance, If a younger cop speaks to me they will get Sir/Ma'am, however if they are in plain clothes not identified as a cop I would probably just reply without anything added.


I doubt you will ever be faulted for using them in this way.


Or you could just follow this:

The rules of sir and ma'am revealed - Columbia Southern Culture | Examiner.com
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