We're clear and cold this morning at 31 F but things will warm a bit later. Turkey Day is around the corner and I haven't even thought about it yet. :eek:
TOTD: Courtesy titles such as Ma'am, Sir, and even the highly subversive Mrs. - do you use them? Do they freak you out?
I was with someone the other day and we were getting some excellent advice from a retail clerk when he made the fatal "error" of addressing my friend as Ma'am. She went into a long and tedious explanation that he wasn't to call her that, that it made her think of her mother, etc., etc. It was embarrassing. When the clerk glanced at me, I rolled my eyes.
I've witnessed this before, "Don't call me Mr. Smith - Mr. Smith is my father!" and similar outbursts. It can be really tricky when women who take their husband's last name reject "Mrs." socially.
I'm wondering why some people get so offended at the use of these minor titles. It seems kind of childish to me. Bonus question: do you let total strangers first-name you if they've gotten your first name from a form? Sometimes I do but I can't say that I like it. It feels manipulative instead of friendly.