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Do you use "ma'am" or "sir"?
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Posted 1/31/17 , edited 1/31/17
I used to sometimes when I was still a waiter, but these days not really.
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27 / F / California
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Posted 2/1/17 , edited 2/1/17
I use "dude"
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23 / M / Australia
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Posted 2/6/17
Nope, it's generally not said here unless you are in a formal setting and want to be extremely polite.
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20 / F / Remnant
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Posted 2/6/17
Yes. I use these honorifics for adults like professors, librarian clerks, waiters/waitresses, hell even janitors and employees in stores and restaurants. It's because I know these people work hard, so showing them respect is the least I can do.
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16 / M / Indiana
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Posted 2/6/17
Didn't before but started to a few months ago. I use it when texting or doing something in a formal setting.
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26 / M / Way North
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Posted 2/6/17
If I want to be seen as respectful, yes. Most times I don't use it, since I have no reason to but I think of quite a few scenarios where I'd use it. If I was to be interviewed for a new job, I'd definitely use it. If I was to meet my girlfriends' parents for the first time, I'd certainly use it. Or if I was talking to a senior who I respect a lot(say a celebrity I like, or an old veteran etc).
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36 / F / Spokane, WA
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Posted 2/8/17
Yes, I do.

I was raised in the South, and we're raised with good manners and respect.
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Posted 2/9/17
No.
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21 / F
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Posted 2/9/17
I say Monsieur/Madame or Mademoiselle sometimes to be polite.
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35 / F / The Bahamas
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Posted 2/9/17 , edited 2/9/17
I use ma'am and sir when talking to customers and anyone who outranks me in my place of employment unless they ask me not to (and I am comfortable enough to do so).

I also use it when talking to older people I don't know or not really feel comfortable addressing casually.
Posted 2/9/17
When talking to customers or people I highly respect.
I use Excellency when talking to Catholic bishops

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Posted 2/9/17
Yes ma'am, I do. I think I use it as more of an expression, rather than to address someone.

I usually call males "Sir", instead of their names, or if they are being rude/disruptive. The baby girls in my family are endearingly called "ma'am".

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Posted 2/9/17
No
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Posted 2/11/17
I call anyone either ma'am or sir
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42 / M / Ohio
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Posted 2/12/17
I use it all the time. Just feels right when dealing with the public and people that are in authority..
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