Originally Posted by Crush
However, I will respect a woman's wishes if she doesn't like ma'am and will call her miss. It just doesn't sound right though. Who the hell dictated that ma'am actually meant old?
Look at it this way... If we were in the 1800's and a gentleman tipped his hat and called me, "ma'am", I wouldn't take offense. That was the way of the cowboys and the ladies.
However, here we are quickly approaching 2013 and times have changed. For instance, I was at the grocery store earlier and this 20-something clerk called me ma'am. I don't know what it is, but whenever I hear it, I get very annoyed. It always seems to be the younger guys, too. The older guys call me, "young lady", "miss", "missy". I even had one call me, "darlin'" recently when I was at the convenient store.