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Terry Kirk
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Is it just me, or do other people not like to be called Sir?

I live in the UK where I don't think it is ingrained into our culture as much as some other countries, such as the US.

How do you feel about it? Do you prefer first name, mr/mrs/miss x, sir? Where are you from?
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I don't mind "sir" when the person doesn't know me and doesn't really want to. "Sir? You left your backpack under your seat" is fine with me as I get up from the subway. I use it sometimes in the same way myself.

First name for anybody who knows me.

"Mr. X" never feels right. Especially because my last name is not X. But "Mr. McBoatface" (or whatever my last name may be) feels pretty weird too. I don't like it.
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Well since I'm female, I really really would dislike being called "sir."

But seriously, on the flip side, it's not my favorite when someone calls me "ma'am" because it makes me feel old.
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wmshub wrote:
I don't mind "sir" when the person doesn't know me and doesn't really want to. "Sir? You left your backpack under your seat" is fine with me as I get up from the subway. I use it sometimes in the same way myself.

First name for anybody who knows me.

"Mr. X" never feels right. Especially because my last name is not X. But "Mr. McBoatface" (or whatever my last name may be) feels pretty weird too. I don't like it.

I hate people calling me MR Kirk even more, but I chose sir because it seems to be getting more common.

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Well since I'm female, I really really would dislike being called "sir."

But seriously, on the flip side, it's not my favorite when someone calls me "ma'am" because it makes me feel old.


I can see that. At the station we are supposed to call female officers of a higher rank Ma'am, but they prefer boss 99% of the time. (Unless it's something being recorded, then its official all the way).
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I have no issue with Sir in a professional setting. It's kinda weird in a casual setting but it would not upset me.

I do know several women though that do not appreciate being called Ma'am. Like... they really don't like being called that.
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For me, I use "miss" when I would use "sir" for a man. Is that patronizing? I hope not, but if it is, I should change.
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wmshub wrote:
For me, I use "miss" when I would use "sir" for a man. Is that patronizing? I hope not, but if it is, I should change.


I prefer "miss" over "ma'am" any day even if I know that my "miss" days are long behind me.
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They're all fine by me. I also like the Middle Eastern version: "my friend".
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I think it's awesome. I like to be called sir and mister. I call people "sir" all the time. It is a simple gesture that communicates respect and deference.

But call me "pal" or "guy"... Well, now, them's fightin' words.
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I think it's awesome. I like to be called sir and mister. I call people "sir" all the time. It is a simple gesture that communicates respect and deference.

But call me "pal" or "guy"... Well, now, them's fightin' words.


Whoa, buddy, calm down there, okay?
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CallieMo wrote:
Gee Whiz wrote:
I think it's awesome. I like to be called sir and mister. I call people "sir" all the time. It is a simple gesture that communicates respect and deference.

But call me "pal" or "guy"... Well, now, them's fightin' words.


Whoa, buddy, calm down there, okay?


Arrrrgh! Buddy's the most passive aggressive of all!
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Gee Whiz wrote:
CallieMo wrote:
Gee Whiz wrote:
I think it's awesome. I like to be called sir and mister. I call people "sir" all the time. It is a simple gesture that communicates respect and deference.

But call me "pal" or "guy"... Well, now, them's fightin' words.


Whoa, buddy, calm down there, okay?


Arrrrgh! Buddy's the most passive aggressive of all!

Dude, we're all friends here
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Fortunately, I'm at a job where I can call even my supervisors/higher-ups by first name without problem, and don't really have to deal with customers. The only time I really need to use a title is when I'm reffing a football game, and for those communications, the title is easy: "Coach"
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JohnnyOffice wrote:
Gee Whiz wrote:
CallieMo wrote:
Gee Whiz wrote:
I think it's awesome. I like to be called sir and mister. I call people "sir" all the time. It is a simple gesture that communicates respect and deference.

But call me "pal" or "guy"... Well, now, them's fightin' words.


Whoa, buddy, calm down there, okay?


Arrrrgh! Buddy's the most passive aggressive of all!

Dude, we're all friends here


Ah, this gets us back to part of the OP, I think. I'm from the west coast AND was formed into a person in the eighties, so "Dude" is a totally okay thing to call someone, but, correct me if I'm wrong, is not an okay thing to call a stranger in the great state of Texas.
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AvidHunter wrote:

I do know several women though that do not appreciate being called Ma'am. Like... they really don't like being called that.


I've always hated it with a great passion. I've been trying to lighten up on it, because I realize people don't mean any offense and it's just a cultural nicety they grew up with, but I still don't like it.

My standard response used to be "Ma'am is short for madam and I don't run a whore house."
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CallieMo wrote:
Well since I'm female, I really really would dislike being called "sir."

But seriously, on the flip side, it's not my favorite when someone calls me "ma'am" because it makes me feel old.


Yep, I agree with Callie.
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I'm not sure why exactly but I never liked to be called buddy or pal by someone who knows my name. I feel that way when a woman, and in particular a lover, keeps calling me baby. That's what strangers call people they don't know. People like to hear their own names and I'm no exception.

For some reason a number of former coworkers, peers and not subordinates, usually and respectfully called me Mr. O'Haver. There were a couple of folks of the same ethnic group who couldn't get that pronunciation right who called me Mr. O'Havier. I didn't mind that too much since one was a beautiful woman with a way of saying it wrong so delightfully.

I use the word sir and miss or ma'am depending on age and circumstances. By the way, I'm 66 and usually the eldest in most professional and social situations.
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Gee Whiz wrote:
JohnnyOffice wrote:
Gee Whiz wrote:
CallieMo wrote:
Gee Whiz wrote:
I think it's awesome. I like to be called sir and mister. I call people "sir" all the time. It is a simple gesture that communicates respect and deference.

But call me "pal" or "guy"... Well, now, them's fightin' words.


Whoa, buddy, calm down there, okay?


Arrrrgh! Buddy's the most passive aggressive of all!

Dude, we're all friends here


Ah, this gets us back to part of the OP, I think. I'm from the west coast AND was formed into a person in the eighties, so "Dude" is a totally okay thing to call someone, but, correct me if I'm wrong, is not an okay thing to call a stranger in the great state of Texas.


Got it, chum, we'll just have to call you Sir Chris.
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Depends on how I'm feeling.

For men: Mister, Sir, Bud, Hey, Hey you, Buster, Jerk, Dude, Pal, and so on.

Women: Ma'am, Miss, Ms., Lady, Dudette, Jerk, Hey, Hey you, Excuse me, and so.
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I have this weird peeve--I don't like people calling me by name if we haven't been introduced. It's one thing if they ask "are you Erik?", but I don't like it when people call me by name as if we've known each other for years, especially because I'm bad at names and faces, so I wonder if I should know them.

Whenever I had a job that required a name tag, I always wore a fake name to separate the folks who knew me from those who didn't.
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Gee Whiz wrote:
JohnnyOffice wrote:
Gee Whiz wrote:
CallieMo wrote:
Gee Whiz wrote:
I think it's awesome. I like to be called sir and mister. I call people "sir" all the time. It is a simple gesture that communicates respect and deference.

But call me "pal" or "guy"... Well, now, them's fightin' words.


Whoa, buddy, calm down there, okay?


Arrrrgh! Buddy's the most passive aggressive of all!

Dude, we're all friends here


Ah, this gets us back to part of the OP, I think. I'm from the west coast AND was formed into a person in the eighties, so "Dude" is a totally okay thing to call someone, but, correct me if I'm wrong, is not an okay thing to call a stranger in the great state of Texas.


Maaate!

Hey, mate!

Oi! Mate!

But Sir is OK. Ma'am if a lady is significantly older, otherwise Miss.

Dude and dudette are catching on.
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kirkatronics wrote:
Is it just me, or do other people not like to be called Sir?

I live in the UK where I don't think it is ingrained into our culture as much as some other countries, such as the US.

How do you feel about it? Do you prefer first name, mr/mrs/miss x, sir? Where are you from?


Hate it. I don't "Sir" anyone and don't like it when it is done to me. Not too keen on Mr Leighton either.
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