Sir and miss are also part of my vocabulary. Now while every region has their own conventions in our city calling someone ma'am is trite and offensive. No woman I know wants to be told that.
We are allowed our own disposition as well and if a few others take offense at that then it is a good thing they do not live here. Calling someone ma'am here is only excusable when a military servicemember says it because it is a part of their culture.
Edited by The world needs you, 19 June 2013 - 11:18 AM.