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  1. Tarheel's Avatar
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    #11

    Re: Who should I call 'Sir'.

    We don't call our parents by their first names here. And some us still believe in respecting our elders.
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    #12

    Re: Who should I call 'Sir'.

    I call my parents "Mum" and "Dad". My mum called her father by his first name most of the time, but used "Dad" occasionally too.

    The idea of calling my own parents "Sir" and "Ma'am" makes me feel faintly nauseated. I'm aware that it happens in some American families but I always assume that those families have some kind of military connection, meaning that the parents are used to being addressed in such terms and insist on it from their children as well. If I heard a British child call their dad "Sir", I would (perhaps unfairly) assume they were from a harsh, controlling overly strict household - I might even suspect some level of mental abuse.
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    #13

    Re: Who should I call 'Sir'.

    I went through all the answers. I think I won't use 'sir' from now on.

    Excuse me, which way is the Jewel" - sounds fine to me now.

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    #14

    Re: Who should I call 'Sir'.

    When I hear of children calling addressing their parents as "sir" or "ma'am", or on the other extreme, by their parents' first names, I get the feeling that something is amiss about their families.

    In the US, I mostly hear "sir" and "ma'am" used by employees in the service industry, or by military personnel addressing officers. The use of "sir" and "ma'am" is more prevalent in the US South.
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    #15

    Re: Who should I call 'Sir'.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post

    My question is, who can/should I call sir?



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    Hello,

    Some years back, I was on a bus when a young man boarded. The bus driver addressed him as "sir," and the young man angrily replied, "I'm not old!"

    And one time I consulted a medical doctor for the first time. When I kept replying "Yes, sir" to him, he smiled but was clearly annoyed by asking, "Were you in the army?" Maybe he thought that I was emphasizing his age.

    Store associates (clerks) often "sir" me. (I am 82 years old.) I prefer a "sir" to an insincere "May I help you, young man?"

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    #16

    Re: Who should I call 'Sir'.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The idea of calling my own parents "Sir" and "Ma'am" makes me feel faintly nauseated. I'm aware that it happens in some American families but I always assume that those families have some kind of military connection, meaning that the parents are used to being addressed in such terms and insist on it from their children as well.
    Not at all. It's common in the South (which is geographically the southeast).
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    #17

    Re: Who should I call 'Sir'.

    Quote Originally Posted by bubbha View Post
    When I hear of children calling addressing their parents as "sir" or "ma'am", or on the other extreme, by their parents' first names, I get the feeling that something is amiss about their families.
    Being Quakers (members of the Religious Society of Friends) hardly seems like something amiss. I grew up around Quakers who routinely addressed their parents by their first names. Some of them now have grandchildren by whom they're addressed the same way.
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    #18

    Re: Who should I call 'Sir'.

    There's evidently significant cultural variance in the usage of Sir/Ma'am/Madam.

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