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Unread 09-18-2007, 03:30 PM
 
Location: beautiful North Carolina
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Default When did Miss become Mam.....

Okay boys, I mean men......... When does Miss become Mam? Is it a look? An age thing? Having kids? Is it different in the north and south? Please help me out here..........
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Unread 09-18-2007, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, TN
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Okay boys, I mean men......... When does Miss become Mam? Is it a look? An age thing? Having kids? Is it different in the north and south? Please help me out here..........
ohhh, doesn't that suck, I guess when you start looking older!! Or when you go from being "that girl" to "that Lady" arrrgghhh!!

thank god for the phrase "milf"
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Unread 09-18-2007, 03:41 PM
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Location: Brooklyn Heights, NY & Lake Ariel, PA
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thank god for the phrase "milf"
ROFLMAO...OH MY...LOL...

I was just "YES SIR'd" the other day and I almost got angry b/c I'm not that old..I guess to an 18 yr old I am..but sheesh...talk about a wake-up call...

The Miss and Maam thing is usually just southern etiquette and you can be "maam'd" even if you're not that old...
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Unread 09-18-2007, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Rural Central Texas
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It is a signal that your maturity is evident, not your age. I know many women who became Mam in their 30's while others are still Miss well into their 40's. Mam is a term of respect while Miss is often used in more of a patronizing demeanor.

Wait until you become the "Nice Older Lady". My mom just informed me that she has become known by that term since my dad passed last year. All the younger families on the block feel they have to look out for her now where before they asked her for help.
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Unread 09-18-2007, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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Great question! Last week I bought cigarettes and wine at the grocery store. The "are you old enough to sell" girl who rang up the cigarettes did not ask for ID, but the genuine antique who rang up the wine with the rest of my groceries did. I guess it might have more to do with the age of the other person than it does with my 42 year old self.
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Unread 09-18-2007, 03:56 PM
 
Location: beautiful North Carolina
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Well I guess for me its a small reminder that beauty and youth are not forever.......
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Unread 09-18-2007, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, TN
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Well I guess for me its a small reminder that beauty and youth are not forever.......
youth is not forever hon!!
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Unread 09-18-2007, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Pikeville, Kentucky
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The first time I was called mam I almost cried I was only in my early forties. Now I get a little more than insulted when the young ones call me "sweetie", "baby". "dahlin". Heres the real tear jerker... "Granny". Of course these endearments(?) are always thrown at me in a very loud baby talking voice..Ah, well, sometimes if I walk with slow shuffle, stop, and place a hand on my chest, someone will offer me their place in line at the grocery
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Unread 09-18-2007, 04:34 PM
 
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Well I guess for me its a small reminder that beauty and youth are not forever.......
Ma'am, if ya'll are still planning to live down here in NC, then get used to being called ma'am

Actually it is a sign of respect;
well that's what I keep on telling myself anyway,

I don't think I would worry about being called ma'am too much, it's when they start saying madame to you!

<in my british accent> anything else madame, very good madame, tea madame?
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Unread 09-18-2007, 04:37 PM
 
Location: beautiful North Carolina
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Ma'am, if ya'll are still planning to live down here in NC, then get used to being called ma'am

Actually it is a sign of respect;
well that's what I keep on telling myself anyway,
yes my friend, and when that happens, I will embrace it..........
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