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Postby InternetPolyglot » 2006-01-20, 21:04

Kirk wrote:I hardly ever use or hear "ma'am" or "sir" here. It sounds weird and out of place.

Hmmm... Strange. I hear it every time I go to a grocery store from store attendants.
Though I have never heard anybody using "sir" or "ma'am" talking to a boss. Only as a joke.

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Postby Adina » 2006-01-22, 17:53

In Arizona, the use of sir/madam isn't common, but it's not exactly uncommon either.. A lot of people in stores/restaurants/etc. do use it though. "May I take your order, ma'am?" "Sir, would like paper or plastic?" etc. And then people often use it in a joking way, too. "Miss" is used about the same too, for younger girls.

Both my Spanish and German teachers have always insisted that we use formal with them... Although that may have only been so that we would learn both informal and formal. ^^; Also, while I was in Austria, I heard Sie being used quite a bit more than du.
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Postby InternetPolyglot » 2006-01-23, 1:20

Adina wrote: A lot of people in stores/restaurants/etc. do use it though. "May I take your order, ma'am?" "Sir, would like paper or plastic?" etc.

Exactly!
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