I was taught manners growing up, so yes. I think it is a sign of respect to address elders as sir or maam. I don't know why some people get angry about it, there is nothing wrong with being polite.
I also address younger women(like a clerk in a store) as miss. I love it when people call me miss, makes me feel a little younger! lol
Yes I was, although somewhat old fashion today, my children address me and their mother with the above. I have been told by their teachers that they also do that at school and how much they appreciate it.
No, I never did it because I realized it had nothing to do with genuine respect. It was just part of living in a society filled with ignorant authoritarian douche bags who think taking power over those weaker than them was a sign of strength, when really all it makes you is a ******* coward.
i dont usually use the words yes mam or sir. i might on occasion, if they are a stranger.
and this is one thing i've kinda made my own style about. i take care of older people, and instead of calling them mr or mrs i usually call them by their first name. i figure at their age they probably dont hear much of their first name much because nobody says it anymore. they either hear mom or grandma, or ma'm all the time so i think calling them by name is a nice way to recognize them as an individual, not just as a client, or older relative. seems more casual but my goal is to make them comfortable with me
I was brought up to say lease, thank you and you're welcome. In scotland our parents are addressed as mum and dad. I agree with Thecoleprotocol, sir and m'am are a wee bit authoritarian for me.
Err that was please not lease!
Yes Ma'am I sure in the hell do .
I grew up in a community that taught kids to stand up for themselves and for what was right. We called our elders and teachers by their first names, and never by ma'am or sir. Though when we were asked a question, it was expected that we would give an honest answer, no matter who asked it. It was about respecting everyone for who they are, not what their age was. Though as an adult, I have said yes sir and yes ma'am to clients who seemed to like that sort of thing, though some laugh when I do because it seems out of place.
My parents were not that frigid. I do respect my elders though because I think it's the right thing to do.
no, just "yes" or "no"
I say it now but mostly because I live in the South so everybody "ma'ams" and "sirs" all over the place.
yes, it is a simple form of respect
no I was taught to say thank you or you're welcomed
For the most part, yes.
I was never thought to, it is just something I remember always doing
I certainly was, and still do. It's just common respect, all too uncommon today.
I agree with you Sir
yes I was and yes I still do