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    #1

    "This is my madam."

    A few months ago, I was sitting next to a Saudi man. All the sudden he called upon to answer his phone, but he was reluctant to answer. When I asked him to either answer or to switch it off. He said, "This is my madam." Out of curiosity, is this term commonly used among you Saudi husbands referring to your wives, I asked. His response was yes.


    Do you, native speakers, use this term in such a situation, please? Thanks.

    P.S.: Our conversation was in pure Arabic, but he used the word madam.

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    Re: "This is my madam."

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    A few months ago, I was sitting next to a Saudi man. All the sudden he called upon to answer his phone, but he was reluctant to answer. When I asked him to either answer or to switch it off. He said, "This is my madam." Out of curiosity, is this term commonly used among you Saudi husbands referring to your wives, I asked. His response was yes.


    Do you, native speakers, use this term in such a situation, please? Thanks.

    P.S.: Our conversation was in pure Arabic, but he used the word madam.
    No, we don't.

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    #3

    Re: "This is my madam."

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    A few months ago, I was sitting next to a Saudi man. All the sudden he called upon to answer his phone, but he was reluctant to answer. When I asked him to either answer or to switch it off. He said, "This is my madam." Out of curiosity, is this term commonly used among you Saudi husbands referring to your wives, I asked. His response was yes.


    Do you, native speakers, use this term in such a situation, please? Thanks.

    P.S.: Our conversation was in pure Arabic, but he used the word madam.
    In English, "Madam", in that use, would more likely to refer to the person who is in charge of prostitutes.

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    Re: "This is my madam."

    You might hear someone refer to his wife as "the missus." But more commonly one would say "it's my wife."

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    Re: "This is my madam."

    But I thought you were also a Saudi, Odessa Dawn.

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