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Old 09-29-2013, 06:17 PM
 
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Is it always "sir" with men and "miss" with women?

How do y'all do it here?

Do you say Hello Sir! How you liken the weather?
and
Hello Miss! You sure look lovely today!


Or are you suppose to say Hey Dear, or Hey Sweety?

Please inform how a male in his 20's would greet other people of different sexes and ages. Thanks.
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Old 09-29-2013, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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Use the more formal approach when addressing people you don't know anywhere, includi Texas. Why should it be different here?

Was the word "liken" a typo? I have never heard that word before.

Why not just say hello?
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Old 09-29-2013, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Miss is not appropriate for anyone over 21 or 22. Use "Ma'am" instead.
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Old 09-29-2013, 07:23 PM
 
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Miss is not appropriate for anyone over 21 or 22. Use "Ma'am" instead.

What? Are you joking me? I thought even 40 year old women still wanted to be called miss now a days?
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Old 09-29-2013, 07:48 PM
 
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What? Are you joking me? I thought even 40 year old women still wanted to be called miss now a days?
I think she's ****ing with you.
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Old 09-29-2013, 08:12 PM
 
Location: San Antonio. Tx 78209
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I would never call a woman miss, it would be ma'am or Ms. (Miz). Miss is purely archaic.
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Old 09-29-2013, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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Miss is used in southern states along with the first name such as Miss Catherine but only after you know them. Best to stick with Ma'am till you do.
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX & AL Gulf Coast
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Why not just say hello?
Exactly! A simple hello will suffice, especially when you don't know their name.

It would also be to your benefit to not address any female in a social setting as dear, babe, darling or sweetie, ever!

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Miss is used in southern states along with the first name such as Miss Catherine but only after you know them.
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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Old 09-29-2013, 10:33 PM
 
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Not only do the children of my friends call me Miss FirstName, but I've had several employees over the years who have done so. I will say they've been predominately black, but not entirely. And they have all been early 20's. I don't encourage it, but I find it far more respectful than "hey Boss" which I've heard from other employees from time to time.
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Prosper
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I too, struggle with what to say to people. Finally, I stumbled upon a word that works in nearly all cases, called "hi."

Now, your results may vary, but I would say about 88% of the time, I receive a "hi" back, 8% a polite "hello", 2% "howdy" (I live in the suburbs, not Ft. Worth, so this number may climb if you live out there), and 2% getting hit/punched/spit on, though I suspect those people had other issues and it really had nothing to do with my word choice.

So go out, armed with your new word "hi", and try it out. Just be ready to assume a defensive position for that malcontent 2%.
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