I guess 39 qualifies for ma'am status. I remember the first time a cashier called me "ma'am." It was soon after The Boy was born. It was right around my 29th birthday. I had a difficult labor and recovery, and The Boy would. not. sleep. He also cried a lot. So, I'm sure I looked like death on a cracker.
But once I finally started getting more than two consecutive hours of sleep, this kept happening. "Have a nice day, ma'am." "Can I help you with that, ma'am?"
I blame The Boy.
According to The Free Dictionary, there is a second definition of ma'am:
ma'am [mæm mɑːm (unstressed) məm]
short for madam: used as a title of respect, esp for female royalty
Yeah, that's it. They are referring to me as royalty. (Never mind that ma'am is only used like this in England.)
Handy Man thinks this is funny. He has a young face, so he got carded when buying alcohol until just a few years ago. Of course, I reminded him that in New Hampshire, if you don't look like Yoda, you get carded at the liquor store.
Once he stopped getting carded as often, he blamed facial hair. "When I shave, I get carded. When I look scruffy, I don't get carded," he said.
|Does this man look old enough to buy a bottle of vodka? I say yes.|
How about you? Do you get called ma'am? Do you live in a place where women are regularly called ma'am?