Thursday, June 18, 2009
Your Obvious Show of Respect Displeases Me.
“Could you say ‘senator’ instead of ‘ma’am?’ It’s just a thing. I worked so hard to get that title. I’d appreciate it.”
Sir and ma’am is the form of address I would use in the same situation (depending, of course, on the sex of the Senator). It’s a sign of respect and politeness, not a sign of disregard. Her response is either born of ignorance, bitchiness, or arrogance--she doesn’t know better, she wants to bully him, or she really thinks she is American royalty. None of which is particularly endearing.
Because I was raised something close to right, I also say sir and ma’am in regular daily conversation because respect isn’t owed only to our political class.