Why do we American women dislike the word “ma’am?”
I hear that ear-piercing word each time I go to the grocery store. A young bagger or cashier says, “thank you ma’am.” My husband does not understand why I return home in a bad mood.
It is a huge faux pas to call any American women “ma’am.” We will not say anything hateful back to you, if called that evil word. However, our thoughts scream, “I am not old enough to be called “ma’am.” We also think to ourselves, “do I look that bad?”
Miss = single
Mrs. = married
Ma’am = Erase from your memory of words, please (thank you, kindly)
“Ma’am” should be removed from the English language.
What are your thoughts on the subject?
Is the word “ma’am” used in your country? If so, is it thought of as a positive or negative word?