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for feeling I died a bit inside when I was called "mam"?

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CoolToned Mon 22-Aug-16 10:49:04

That's it really.

ImperialBlether Mon 22-Aug-16 10:49:50

Depends who said it!

CoolToned Mon 22-Aug-16 10:51:02

It was a classmate! Probably early 20s.

Just last semester, people thought I was their age! I wonder how badly I aged in six months.

PotOfYoghurt Mon 22-Aug-16 10:51:35

Do you mean 'short for Madame' or another word for mum?

Crunchymum Mon 22-Aug-16 10:52:46

I think you need to a) get a serious grip or b) ask for "lighthearted" to be added to the title.

Cherrysoup Mon 22-Aug-16 10:52:57


I died a bit inside when I was first ever called Madame. Made me realise I was no longer a girl.

katiegg Mon 22-Aug-16 10:55:33

I have an American colleague who calls any older women 'Ma'am', regardless if they are senior to him or not. Drove most of them nuts for the longest time until they discovered it was an ingrained politeness thing in America. I actually think it's charming, although if he called me ma'am I'd probably kill him!

lovelybangers Mon 22-Aug-16 10:59:02

Do you mean like mum or ma'am (madam)?

I like ma'am -- but i am old-- ;)

CoolToned Mon 22-Aug-16 11:00:28

It's short for "madam" I'd think.

Yes this is a lighthearted thread.

hungryhippo90 Mon 22-Aug-16 11:01:32

Haha. I was called Ma'am a few months ago. By a boy who works in McDonald's. I was outraged.
I'm only 25!

Jizzomelette Mon 22-Aug-16 11:02:49

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

VioletBam Mon 22-Aug-16 11:03:59

You mean Ma'm.

Mam would be what a Yorkshire man might call his Mother.

MilkTwoSugarsThanks Mon 22-Aug-16 11:07:08

DP called me "ma'am" when I first knew him. He didn't make that mistake again wink

BurstBees Mon 22-Aug-16 11:08:05

I'd have loved it. Would have brought out my best Vera Stanhope impersonation.
A little lad in the supermarket walked along side me down an aisle, then ran ahead to the end. His mother was there and the little boy said "I beat that girl!" Girl! I'm old enough to be his great granny! I was chuffed he didn't call me a little old lady.

Haha. I was called Ma'am a few months ago. By a boy who works in McDonald's. I was outraged.
I'm only 25!

Maybe it's part of McD customer service training? I was also called madam by a young lad last time I went through a McD drive through. I got asked for ID trying to buy filter tips in Waitrose the same week though so in my mind the two have cancelled each other out and I'm in some magic space between young and old (or possibly deluded... aged 33)

opensideno7 Mon 22-Aug-16 11:10:17

Violet Barn

You mean Ma'm.

Actually it is ma'am and pronounced like spam

tofutti Mon 22-Aug-16 11:13:21

I think I was called Aunty the other day by a man. I'm in my 30s 😂😩

sadie9 Mon 22-Aug-16 11:14:02

Wait till you are out somewhere and someone says to their child 'mind that lady there' or 'that woman is next' rather than 'girl'. That's been happening to me for years and still gets me every time.

BeyondLovesSweetDee Mon 22-Aug-16 11:15:03

"pronounced like spam"

Only if you call if spahm!!

Mam - mum. Said like spam
Ma'am - madam. Said mah'm

Mc314 Mon 22-Aug-16 11:15:51

oh a young foreign girl in starbucks did this to me. she'd learned english in america i think and she was mamming away and yet couldn't give me my coffee in a real cup like i asked. I am embarrassed to say I said at the end ''you can stop calling me mam and you can give me that coffee in a real cup''. They did have them. It wasn't at the airport. I'd told her I wasn't having it to go.

opensideno7 Mon 22-Aug-16 11:17:25


Ma'am - madam. Said mah'm

Incorrect - it is pronnounced as Spam (ask the Queen)

BurstBees Mon 22-Aug-16 11:18:38

Ma'am rhymes with jam. And spam.

BeyondLovesSweetDee Mon 22-Aug-16 11:20:02

I don't care for the queens opinion grin

BeyondLovesSweetDee Mon 22-Aug-16 11:21:29

I use mam for mum. If there is no distinction in how it's pronounced, how am I to know someone isn't calling me mum? Stupid queen didn't think that through, did she, huh? grin

BurstBees Mon 22-Aug-16 11:22:55

Aye, if it's good enough for me Mam then it's good enough for the Queen...

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