Post # 1
I moved from PA to MD last January. Years ago I worked in a medical office in Baltimore and the staff called all the females Miss. I thought it was different at the time. So when I moved here and started to be called Miss a lot I became curious. It seems prevalent in medical settings.
MD’ers help me out here. My husband thinks they are saying Ms but it’s definitely Miss. How about you ladies everywhere else? I’m very curious!!!!!!
Post # 3
I don’t know the difference in how they are pronounced… I guess I’m slow, lol.
Post # 4
Well gee. I can’t help since I’m in your experimental state. I have heard “ma’am” as well, but yes, I’ve been called “Miss.”
Post # 5
I’m called ma’am more often than I am miss, but I much prefer miss.
Post # 6
I hear ma’am more than anything, but the people I work with call me Miss FirstName. When I do a live spot that is how I am introduced also. I much prefer Miss.
Post # 7
My one coworker (who I have a strong dislike for as she’s very manipulative, so that has something to do with it) always calls everyone “Miss [their name]” or “Mr. [their name]”. It makes me shudder – only because I don’t like her, really. And pretty much everything she does makes me do that – haha.
If it were someone else I would think it odd… people in PA don’t really do that. I would wonder where they’re from. This girl is from Delaware, so I don’t know if its normal there but I kind of assumed it wasn’t.
Honestly, I thought she was just doing it to sound cute. She likes to think she is… Now if it were someone from the South I wouldn’t be completely surprised.
Post # 8
I live in the south so I hear MISS alot
Post # 9
No, only rarely, but once a guy who couldn’t have been more than 5 years my junior called me ma’am, grrrrrr! I know I was dressed for work at the time but still, ouch.
Still, nothing tops the time a guy approached me and my male friend to try to sell us something, starting out with “Ladies…”. ROFL! So his hair was a bit long, but still!! Needless to say, no sale was made, but jokes were made at his expense for the rest of the day.
ETA: “Miss” is pronounced just how it sounds, like in “I miss you.” “Ms.”, which is an awesome term btw and I love to be called it, is pronounced “Mizz”. ‘Cause we cool like that.
Post # 10
Yes, the work Miss and Ma’am are used often where I live. Especially when speaking to someone you don’t know. Until I got engaged I was refered to as Miss, but now I’ve had people use either Miss or Ma’am. It just depends on whether they notice the ring at all, and if they do, if they can tell there is no wedding band yet.
Post # 11
No one calls anyone anything around here. I’ve called people, “ma’am” and “sir” when I’ve needed to (i.e., “Ma’am, you dropped your credit card.”) but we keep that to a minimum.
Post # 12
I heard both “Miss” and “Ms.” a lot when I was single.
I didn’t mind being Miss BelliniChic when I was young, but after I turned 40 it definitely felt weird and I preferred “Ms.” So glad I’m a Mrs. now!
Post # 13
Let me clarify. When I say Miss, I mean I am called Miss _________last name. My stepson and DIL also refer to me with their kids friends as MIss__________first name and my hubby as Mr_______first name. They both have lived in MD all their lives.
I never heard this in PA and I lived there all my 57 years of life. I just wondered if it was a regional thing.
Post # 14
For me, I grew up being taught to say “Yes ma’m,” “No sir,” “Miss” “Mr.” Mrs.” etc.
As far as saying “Miss First Name” or “Miss Last Name,” I always started off on the safe side by saying “Miss Last Name” or “Mr. Last Name,” especially if I didn’t know them very well. If they said, “No, please call me Nancy” or whatever, then I would say “Miss Nancy.” Now that I’m older, if they are my age, I say “Nancy.” But if they are considerably older, then I still say “Miss” before it.
Post # 15
They call me Ma’am and I just HATE it! I feel so old, Guys have it so easy! Every man is “Mister” no matter what age they are!
Post # 16
It might be the Maryland drawl. I just said “Ms.” out loud to hear it and it sounds a lot like I’m saying “Miss.”
I always hear it as “Ms.” too, and I’ve been to half of the doctors in Maryland by now I’m sure. I didn’t even get a “Miss” when I was a teenager. Maybe the other half of the doctors/nurses/assistants are saying “Miss” though!