Post # 32
I work in education and predominately in the districts I have worked the female teachers are addressed as Ms. so and so, regardless of marital status. The district I currently work in the students have taken to calling every teacher just “Miss” no last name, just “Miss”. Drives me absolutely insane! I correct them all the time, “my name is, MRS. ______!” It’s just a respect thing, in my opinion!
Post # 34
I’m SO late to this thread, but it’s totally a Baltimore thing! I’m from the county and all through college (not in the city) I never called other women “Miss”– I’d call them by their first name alone. I now live and work in the city and EVERYone does it! I now do it to everyone that appears even slightly older than I am, and it’s well-received 🙂
Post # 35
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
@WhiteWedding: Ms. is pronounced “Mizz”. It’s a small difference but noteable. Technically Ms. would be correct, because Miss only refers to unmarried women and Mrs. is onyl for married ones (Ms. is for either).
Ma’am makes me cringe! If you’re going to call me that, just go for the whole word (madam).
Post # 36
They call us “Frau” over here in Germany 😉
Post # 37
@Kili: They called me “Fraulein” the last time my SO and I were in Munich. I thought “Frau” was reserved for married women? How does that work in Germany exactly?
Btw, completely off topic, but Munich is my SO’s favourite place in the world. Hofbräuhaus am Platzl might have something to do with it! lol
I’m Slovenian and here, women are called “Miss” until they either get married, finish a university degree or turn 25, whichever comes first. Then they’re called “Mrs” (in Slovenian, obviously). So I’m always beside myself with joy when people call me “Miss” because that obviously means I look under 25. I’m actually 29! Yay! 🙂
Post # 38
I spent a good portion of my childhood in MD. I read your thread title and thought “yes, of course. What do they call everyone where YOU live??” lol.
As a child, I referred to and addressed adult women (such as my friends’ moms and ladies from church) as Miss Barbara/Michelle/etc.
Now as an adult, children address and refer to me the same way. Adult strangers address me (but not necessarily refer to me) as Miss Lastname and I do the same. Miss and Ms. are exactly alike phonetically as far as I’m concerned (I took one of those accent quizzes a while back and words that end in “z” come out of my mouth as though they end with “s.” The same is likely true of others in the region), so I don’t consider the handle to be making reference to my marital status, but rather to the fact that I am an adult woman.
Side note: In Spanish and Portuguese (the languages I speak most often), I STILL cannot get people to address me as senora/senhora, lol. Just yesterday my own husband called me “senorita.”
Post # 39
@MsMeow: Hm, that’s rather odd that they called you Fräulein. They ususally don’t do that anymore… (It was the way you say decades ago: Frau vor married women, Fräulein for unmarried women).
If at work, out shopping or at a doctor, they usually call you “Frau” nowadays.
But you’re right if you encounter some old traditional Bavarian beer drinker at Hofbräu, he might still do the Fräulein-thing 😉
Post # 40
@Kili: Haha, you mean the gentlemen with beards and with feathered hats? I love them 🙂
Actually, a very sweet elderly lady in a jewelry shop where we were trying on rings called me “Fräulein”. So maybe it’s a generation thing? Or the fact that we were looking at engagement rings? Either way, thanks for explaining, I’m sure it will come in handy sooner or later! 🙂
Post # 41
Midwestern girl here, and it’s Mrs. if you know it for a fact or are addressing the elderly, and Ms. any other time. Caught more of the Miss thing when we lived in Florida, though.