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    what do you call people

    I am feeling like an idiot, but............ok, what do you call people in Britain? I know that to show respect you are supposed to use their first name so while it is ok to ask a friend "could you..........." when you speak to your boss you need to invert their name "Ann, could you ..........." what are other rules? Do you know of any helpful site?

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    Re: what do you call people

    You have it reversed. Friends you call 'Ann' and bosses you call 'Ms Smith', and prefacing a request with the name makes no difference to the courteousness of the communication.

    Another rule: don't call people in Britain 'Americans'.

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