(Closed) Do they call everyone Miss where you live?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1318 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t know the difference in how they are pronounced… I guess I’m slow, lol. 

Post # 4
4322 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

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
3355 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m called ma’am more often than I am miss, but I much prefer miss.

Post # 6
14492 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
734 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I live in the south so I hear MISS alot

Post # 9
6354 posts
Bee Keeper

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
1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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
2491 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
2393 posts
Buzzing bee

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 # 14
2522 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

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
5427 posts
Bee Keeper

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
803 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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!

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